303. Exceptional Prussian Officers First Foot Guard Reserve Leather Pickelhaube Helmet with Parade Plume

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This leather-shell helmet remains in very nice overall condition. The body of the helmet retains a nice black orange peel type finish with crazing along the radii of the crown and in the area of the Eagles head. Both front and rear visor are very fine with the front visor showing some minor compression from the chin scales resting upon it, its silver plated trim band rating near excellent. The interior of the front visor is lined in green linen which rates excellent, the rear in red, also fully intact. The screw-off spike base roundel is silver plated, as is the "spike" itself, retaining the perlring around its base. The base roundel is retained by four-star-shaped rivets with very good gilt. The Wappen is original to the helmet and is silver plated with a gold reserve cross near the Eagles tail. A silver Garde Star surmounts the Eagles breast with raised Order of the Black Eagle of the House of Hohenzollern, showing beautiful gold gilt and cloissonned enameling. The entire Wappen itself rates excellent with some dark tarnishing within the deeper recesses of the stamping. The chin scales are gold-toned, the leather chinstrap beneath rates very good plus and is mostly supple and flexible. The left side Prussian officers kokarde and right side officers Reich's kokarde are present, the helmet seems to be set up for funeral parade dress, as both are covered in black veiled netting. The screw-off parade plume is silver plated as well and retains nice black horse hair around its entire periphery. The interior officers liner rates very fine to near excellent with only very light soiling and no sweat staining or other detractors. The silk liner shows a slight bit of foxing but is otherwise very good plus to fine. The interior of the helmet is absolutely unmolested and appears original in every respect. Overall a really lovely helmet that clearly belonged to an officer or person of import. (37879-441Q) [Craig Brown Collection] (0/0) SOLD FOR $2,300.00

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