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Title Prussian Guard NCO's pickelhaube, 1896 model
Nationality German
Period 1903

This model 1896 helmet was issued to an NCO of a Train Battalion of the Imperial Prussian Foot Guards. The Guard Eagle is mounted on the front, the spike unscrews, and the reverse peak is dated 1903, with an issue date of 1904 and the initials 'GT' for Garde Train. The chin chain and distinctive rosettes indicate NCO status.

It comes complete with a period cotton cover (one small tear at rear vent, one hole at point). The leather has extensive crackelure to the skull, and the eagle, though of the period, has been replaced (viz two extra holes in skull). There is some distortion to the rear peak. This has a faint stamp 'BAG 1903' for Beckleidungsamt Garde (Guard Clothing Store). There are small losses to the chin chain leather and the leather connecting strap is extremely frail on both sides. On one side the leather surround to a chin chain anchor has suffered, resulting in a loosened anchor point.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Headdress : German : 20th Century]


Just a brief note to confirm that the sabre has been delivered today. All is as it should be. I have to say I’m impressed with the ‘custom’ packaging, obviously essential in your line of business. I have made a very quick inspection of the sword & it fully lives up to your accurate description, very pleased with the purchase.

M B, UK, 18.06.2015

Many thanks, the bayonet arrived safely, I am very pleased, thanks

T A, UK, 16.05.2015