617. Scarce Prussian M1918 Felt Infantry Pickelhaube Helmet

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This pressed-felt shell helmet is rather late war, and as an ersatz helmet with such a late date, would have been for reserve or rear echelon wear. It retains a good nap with some light loss and shows some water staining along the lower edge of the front visor and the rear of crown and rear visor, the body being very slightly misshapen. The spike and its roundel are post-1915 subdued finish steel, the spike being removable with a quarter turn. The Wappen appears to be tin and is subdued as well, and appears to be original to the helmet, some of the sharp edges and contact points of the stamping showing light oxidation. The left side kokarde is the Prussian state mannschaften black-and-white, right side is the Reich's kokarde, it shows a couple light flecks. The pebbled chinstrap remains supple and flexible showing some very light drying with a good deal of verdigris on the brass buckles, it appears original in every respect. The interior woven suspension sweatband rates about very good with some minor and moderate flaking, especially along the periphery where it meets the felt shell. A number of the tabs are folded and show a bit of moisture damage, the interior cord/thong suspension adjustment is no longer present. Stamped in black ink along the right interior side of the rear visor is "173R" (in rectangle, stamped twice) and the date "1918", also in rectangle, with "gb" also in black ink to the left of these. The interior crown roundel shows flaking black lacquer and some moderate oxidation. The body of the helmet is very slightly misshapen and there are two very small tears along the left side of the body at the front visor, beneath the kokarde. A very good example over all of the ersatz filzhelme with a very late-war date. (37879-441D) [Craig Brown Collection] (0/0) SOLD FOR $632.50

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