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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Clothing Accessories
Clothing and Accessories
Men's Clothing
World War I ➔ Military Helmet

This spiked helmet, also known as the Pickelhaube is from the Imperial German Army of the German Empire. It was worn during World War I.

This helmet is made of leather and has a red, black, and white cockade on the proper left side. It also has a Bavarian front plate that depicts the Bavarian coat of arms supported by two lions.  

The Pickelhaube was a spiked helmet that was commonly worn by German military, firefighters, and police from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s. In 1916 the Stahlhelm was created by Dr. Friedrich Schwerd and replaced the Pickelhaube, being more practical for trench warfare. 
circa 1914 – 1916
Metal, Leather
10"" h 8"" w 9"" d
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Gift Of Dr. F. C. Kinsey
100 Years of Design (June 8 2016)
Museum School students selected artifacts from the collection, researched them, and then designed what they believe they will look like 100 years from now.
Dr. F. C. Kinsey

Imperial German Army
The Imperial German Army was formed in 1871 after Germany and Prussia were unified. Upon unification, the army transitioned and combined the land and air forces of the German Empire into a single unit. Soldiers who enlisted in the Imperial German Army received basic training and were required to specialize in either infantry, cavalry or artillery. After World War I the Imperial German Army was dissolved and was replaced with the Reichswehr in 1919.  


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