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#1 Kanemono

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 12:44 PM

Here is a German Model 1895 Oldenburg Infantry Regiment No. 91 non-commissioned officer’s Pickelhaube. This helmet has a black leather body with brass furniture and a nine finger leather liner. The Prussian Line eagle, without banner, has a multi piece German silver Oldenburg  coat of arms mounted on a star on the eagle’s breast. There is also a silver reserve cross mounted below the star. This helmet lacks the Oldenburg state cockade, instead it has Prussian and Reich cockades. The helmet also has removable domed brass chin scales. Oldenburg was one of the smaller Grand Duchies and this “One-Regiment” helmet is one of the hard to find Pickelhaubes. The helmet is unmarked.

 

 

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 12:44 PM

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#3 Wake1941

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 07:05 PM

That is a fantastic spiked helmet thanks for sharing

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 05:53 AM

Does the Iron Cross signify it's Reserve Regiment? Reserve Infantrie Regiment Nr 91.

 

When you do a GOOGLE Image search of the  regiment'S picklehaube's several images show with no cross on the helm wappen.



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Posted 10 April 2019 - 05:53 AM

A hard one to find indeed.  



#6 Kanemono

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 06:57 AM

Yes, the Iron Cross signifies that it's a Reserve Regiment. Here is another Reserve Regiment wappen with the Iron Cross.

 

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 03:36 PM

I don’t know much about these, but always thought the brass chinstraps were for officers and leather was for enlisted and NCOs. Can you educate me on this?

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 04:15 PM

Dick two nice haubes!!!

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 05:33 PM

great helmets.Thanks for posting



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Posted 14 April 2019 - 11:56 AM

I don’t know much about these, but always thought the brass chinstraps were for officers and leather was for enlisted and NCOs. Can you educate me on this?

 

 

Here is my answer to a similar question about a Reichsgendarmerie Pickelhaube that I posted earlier...

 

Proud Kraut, on 10 Nov 2018 - 01:31 AM, said:snapback.png

Sarge, could you please tell me the difference between an Officer's and Senior NCO's Pickelhaube, thanks!

 

Lars

 

"Sure Lars.  

 

The differences are subtle but can be seen when you look for them.  In the German service the most senior Sergeants (Unteroffizier mit Portepee) could wear an Officer knot on their edged weapons (i.e. a NCO with Officer knot).  These professional NCOs also had the right to wear other Officer trappings such as, during WWII, they could wear Officer chin cords on their caps.  During WWI this translated to the right to wear metal scales on their spike helmets just like a commissioned Officer.  So, just because a spike helmet has a metal chin strap does not always mean it was worn by an Officer.  Unteroffizier mit Portepee could elect to simply wear a scaled chin strap on their issue helmet or they could purchase an Officer quality helmet to wear.  Remember, Enlisted men were issued their clothing at no cost while Officers had to purchase their uniforms, just like most military establishments.  So, quality depended upon the size of one's purse.  If the Unteroffizier mit Portepee chose to purchase an Officer helmet there would be no way to know now if it was worn by a Senior NCO or an Officer without the Sergeant's name and rank written inside.  

 

Part of the detective work on the Reichsgendarmerie helmet above is that in the German Police service the highest NCO rank was typically either a Meister (Senior Sergeant) or a Kriegsoffizier (wartime Officer) which was actually a temporary bump in rank similar to a Brevet-Officer or a Warrant Officer.  Policemen were also often classified as Officials (Beamte) with lifetime appointments.  These Officials also wore Officer uniforms but their spike helmets were slightly different and not germane here.  So, we look at this helmet.

 

First, the helmet is an item of issue style helmet with a simple fingered leather liner and body as seen on most Enlisted spiked helmets.  It is not Officer quality with a fully lined interior liner made of of leather and cloth, generally with a retailer name inside.  Second, this helmet is property marked to the Reichsgendarmerie as an item of issue.  Third, the brass trim is not gilt but is plain polished brass and the fittings are consistent with an issue helmet.  Fourth, The chin scales are flat, instead of being scalloped and/or "fancy" in any way.  Fifth, The chin strap is attached to the standard lugs on the helmet in the same manner as the leather chin strap is attached for an Enlisted man.  Officer chin scales are typically attached differently with a cover disc on the swivel attachment that makes the scales look flatter and more attractive.

 

I hope this is helpful.

 

George"

 

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 08:51 AM

Fantastic explanation!! Love these forums for the great sharing and education. Thank you.

#12 Kanemono

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 11:27 AM

Thank you George for the explanation on the difference between the various chin scales. Here are several examples of different types of brass chin scales.

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 01:16 PM

Outstanding items!

 

And original condition which I know purists love!

 

Wish I knew more about spikes!

 

But love seeing and learning!

 

Thanks much for sharing!

 

 

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 01:17 PM

Your pics make them come alive!

 

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