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Title Prussian NCO's pickelhaube cockade
Nationality German
Period c 1914

The pickelhaube was the Prussian leather helmet introduced in 1842 and the cockade was worn on the right hand side of the helmet, with the national cockade in red, white and black on the left. These cockades were worn right up to the demise of the pickelhaube in about 1916, when the steel helmet replaced it.

It is a die-struck piece of pressed steel, painted black all over and then with white in the groove. Some of the white has chipped off over the years and there is some wear to the black paint also. However, it is undoubtedly an original piece and measures approximately 5.2 cm across.

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[Militaria : Badges : German : 20th Century]


Thank you. I have received the bayonet. It is indeed in excellent condition and miracle! It fits my antique P53 perfectly.

A F, Belgium, 29.08.2005

Excellent information, Chris, you've been making a big effort! I will spell it out more closely (I'm a historian!) and don't think Bezdek can add much more.

A C, Belgium, 26.06.2005