East Asian Occupation Brigade Officers Pickelhaube
This is a reproduction German Model M1895 Officers pickelhaube with East Asian Brigade heraldic Reichsadler.
The East Asian Expeditionary Corps ("Ostasiatische Expeditionskorps") was a large force about 15,000 in total made up of volunteers from the regular German army reformed into new units for service in China in the Summer of 1900.
The East Asian Expeditionary Corps were sent to China in 1900 with the Pickelhauben of their home units. In February 1901 new uniforms in field grey were authorised for the East Asian Expeditionary Corps (and its later successors, the East Asian Occupation Brigade and East Asian Detachment). These uniforms included a new universal Pickelhaube bearing a heraldic Reichsadler.
This pickelhaube represents an officers pickelhaube with the new Reichsadler added.
This type of helmet is around 1900 production. The body is black lacquered leather and the gilded fittings have gold wash worn in places. The Wappen shows the East Asian Expeditionary Corps, again in gilded metal. The inside has worn leather sweatband and cloth skull, supported by wooden supports. This a superb high quality aged reproduction.
A similar genuine example is very rare, very sought after and would be worth three to four thousand pounds upwards, this one is a snip of a price and would look great in a study or office - a great discussion piece!