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WW1 German Army Lobster Tail M1915 Pickelhaube Helmet

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Up for bid is an original World War One Prussian M1915 Currasier Pickelhaube helmet complete with liner. The helmet exterior has been repainted unfortunately but the repaint looks good with some chipping here and there. Three small dings are present on the shell. The spike base plate screws are somewhat buggered as they were obviously removed when the repaint was done. The original finish is still present on the interior and there is scratching present in the dome. No pitting is present on the shell. There are no visible maker's stamps on the shell. Some of the gray finish is still present on the trim but it looks like the loss resulted from sanding with fine sandpaper or steel wool as there is no visible scratching. The liner is still present but this was also removed at one time as it can be seen that the split pins were once in a different position judging from imprints on the band. The liner is still in great shape with minimal stiffening; a maker's stamp is present on the leather band but it looks as if it may have been double stamped but the word "BERLIN" is legible. No size marking is evident but it is most likely a larger size, probably a 58. Some small spots of silver paint splatter are present on the liner and there are some specks of gold on one of the chin strap post which leads one to believe that someone may have painted the helmet these colors in the past and that is why it was repainted to the original black. About half of the field gray finish is still present on the spike and base but it appears that the finish loss may have resulted from someone trying to remove the finish. Some of the gray finish is present on one of the chin strap posts but none is evident on the other. The German national cockade is most definitely a repro but the Prussian cockade is original. Some surface rust is present on the shell behind the cockades. The Prussian wappen was replaced by the seller as the one that was with the helmet was damaged and painted silver; the wappen does not fit flush against the helmet but is original with no damage other than some surface rust. The chin strap is odd for a few reasons, the first being that the hollow back buckles are brass and the post fittings are gray steel, and the second being that instead of the strap being sewn it is riveted. The strap may be a repro, a repro made with original hardware, or an odd original, it is hard to say but most likely it is a repro made from original hardware. Please check out the seller's listings this week for more great military items including patches, many helmets, helmet accessories, and field gear from World War One to the Vietnam War. International bidders are welcome; all buyers, international and domestic, must pay by PayPal. Be sure to check out the seller's other Militaria auctions, featuring items of many nations, and from many eras, with new items added daily.


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