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Object ID # 1955.012.014
Object Name Helmet
Title Pickelhaube (From the First World War)
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date c. 1916
Year Range from 1914
Year Range to 1916
Made Mancy & Co.
Place of Origin Germany
Description This is a Prussian Guards helmet (a souvenir of the Great War), called a "Pickelhaube". It has a tanned, hard, black leather exterior (boiled leather), that is decorated with a large stamped brass eagle helmet plate at the front. The spread-winged eagle has a crown, and its talons are holding a standard / sceptre and an orb with a cross on it. There is a "FR" cipher and "Mit Gott Pur Koenig und Vaterland" (With God for King and Fatherland). The helmet has a short, down-turned visor, that is trimmed with brass. The top of the helmet has a brass finial that has a circular top surface with circular perforations for vent holes. The back of the helmet is reinforced with a brass strip. There is a curved brass slider which moves to reveal a hole (would this be for a detachable plume?). Above the ears are circular brass knobs, that each have a barb. The interior of the helmet has red-brown leather flaps. There is an intentional hole that allows the helmet to breathe. The maker's mark is stamped in black (Mancy & Co., Mainz). This helmet was taken from a captured German soldier on the Somme during the First World War c. 1916).
Makers mark Printed mark:
Mancy & Co. Mainz
Provenance This item was a souvenir of the Great War (later called the First World War, 1914-1918).
Collected by Arthur Clifford Husband who served overseas in World War I. Brought back to Grey County in 1919.

Mrs. Charles Husband (Arthur's father's second wife), said that she was told that this helmet was taken from a captured German soldier on the Somme during the Great War, c. 1916. The Prussian Guards was an infantry unit. The war ended in 1918.

The helmet was manufactured by Mancy & Co., of Mainz.

Collection Military, 20th-c Collection
Material Leather/Metal/Brass/Thread
Dimensions H-15 L-24.5 cm
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Husband, Charles
Husband, Arthur
Subjects Helmets
World War I (First World War/The Great War)