The helmet exhibits no manufacture label or armory cartouche. However, it displays an abundance of verdigris (copper corrosion) lowermost on the Wappen and throughout the interior; and from the difference in furniture type and attachments which indicate this is not your standard 1914-16 Enlisted Man's Great War Helmet. Using the Kingdom of Prussia Government Directives for Wardrobe (helmet), the following can be concluded. 21/09/1915: This Directive decrees that all brass helmet furniture to be in Wartime Field Gray Pewter.Metallic chin scales to be replaced with leather chinstraps with gray metallic buckles and lugs. Spike to be removable and secured on a bayonet lug. This helmet retains a complete workable brass flat scale chinstrap. Spike stem has FIVE holes. 25/05/1895: Modifications to the rear supportive spine required a ventilator hole behind the spike base fitted with a moving metallic covering. This helmet has NO ventilator hole and NO sliding covering device on the spine support.
08/01/1891: All formations to adopt the post and triangular lug arrangement. This helmet pre-dates the Directive by having the chinstrap connected to the helmet through the kokarden, secured within the helmet with a split pin device. 03/03/1887: All Enlisted Personnel to have metallic chin scales replaced with plain leather straps. This helmet pre-dates the Prussian Directive, having the metallic chin scales.
The helmet displays a perforated officers Prussian Line Eagle. I do not know when this style Wappen (front -plate) was introduced, but surely about the time of Wilhelm II reign as Kaiser of the Second Reich, June 1888. The cross is missing from the orb of the front-plate.
There are no extra holes in the body. A reservist's Maltese Cross is superimposed upon the front-plate; one metal prong attachment failed due to corrosion and the cross has been re-attached.
There is single vertical cut in the leather helmet, approximately near the lower-center of the front-plate which is inferred to be for a reservists cross. This perforated front-plate has to be the only Wappen that ever graced this helmet. The teak stand does not come with the helmet.The item "WW1 GERMAN SPIKE HELMET PRUSSIAN PICKELHAUBE, NCO POSS LANDSSTRUM, 1887-1888" is in sale since Friday, April 3, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW I (1914-18)\Original Period Items\Germany\Hats & Helmets". The seller is "steti-3221" and is located in Plano, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States.