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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 daughter -in-law), 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