WW1 25th Division 1900 to WW1 Hesse-Darmstadt (Hessen) Officer Pickelhaube
This is a reproduction German Model M1895 to World War One Officers Pickelhaube.
The 25th Division, officially the Grand Ducal Hessian (25th) Division (Großherzoglich Hessische (25.) Division), was a unit of the Prussian/German Army. It was headquartered in Darmstadt, the capital of the Grand Duchy of Hesse.
Hessen Pickelhaube are unique in that all ranks utilized a combination of a cruciform spike base with rounded front visors in gilt or German fittings dependant upon the Regiment. Hessen officers Hessen Officer Pickelhaubes are also unique in that in addition to the cruciform spike base with a rounded front visors, they did not have a Perlring around the neck of the spike and utilized rounded studs on the cruciform spike base instead of the typical officer stars. We have replicated this configuration.
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 Hesse Lion and Wreath, again in gilded metal. The inside has worn leather sweatband and cloth skull, supported by wooden supports. The Reich's cockade (black, white, red) is on the right of the shell and the Hesse (white, red, white, red, white) is on the left.This a superb high quality aged reproduction.
A similar genuine example is very rare, very sought after and would be worth approximately £1500+ pounds, this one is a snip of a price and would look great in a study or office - a great discussion piece at a great price!