WW1 Cuirassier (Cavalry), Regiment "von Seydlitz" (Magdeburgisches) No. 7 Helmet
This is a reproduction German Model M1915 World War One Enlisted Pickelhaube for the German Kurassier (Heavy Cavalry), Regiment "von Seydlitz".
At the beginning of the First World War , the regiment participated in border battles in neutral Belgium. It then fought in the Marne battle and began the retreat behind the Aisne. From the autumn of 1914, it relocated to the Eastern Front with battles in Russian, Poland, Courland , Lithuania and Romania until the beginning of 1917. In early 1917, it transfered to the west, the regiment lost its cavalry status and became a cavalry-rifle regiment. It had light fighting in Belgium and Lorraine until April 1918.
In 1889 the Preußen Kürassier Mannschaften (Other Ranks) Metalhelme received a rounded front visor and was reduced in height and volume to make it less cumbersome. Like most helmets, this helmet was updated in 1897 with a Reichs Kokarde, this one retains the smaller 1915 cockade versions.
In accordance with the 1915 regulations steel helmets no longer would use brass, silver, or Tombak. Preußen Kürassier (Other Ranks) Metalhelme were steel with grey oxidized steel fittings for all Regiments and the brass or Tombak chinscales were replaced with a M91 leather chinstrap. Our version uses painted grey brass fittings and is stamped '54' (size), on the rear skirtand has '1916 C.E. Junkers' on the inside (barely visible!).
A similar genuine example is very rare, very sought after and would be worth two to three thousand pounds upwards, this one is a snip of a price and would look great in a study or office - a great discussion piece!