Bayerisches (Bavarian) Officer
Bayerisches (Bavarian) Officer's Pickelhaube. This particular helmet is made of fibre and retains almost all of the gilded finish to the gilt fittings. All Bayerisches officer's Pickelhauben had a square front visor, cruciform spike base, and a fluted spike top. This particular example is from 1914 as the Wappen (front plate) does not have the branches and bay-leaves on the bottom. This example reflects the war time economy, with gilded zinc and thin brass fittings.

This exact helmet was worn by Bayerisches Feldartillerie (Field Artillery), Bayer. 2. Schweres Reiter-Regiment and Chevaulegers-Regts 1, 3, 5, and 7. The only difference between an Infantry officer's helmet and a Cavalry officer's helmet (and Artillery until the adoption of the ball spike in 1916) , is that infantry chinscales are flat, while Cavalry and Artillery chinscales are curved.

Just to confuse things, on 20 February 1914 all Bayern officer Pickelhaube adopted rounded mounted-troop pattern chinscales. However, a the spike top is removable for a parade plume, this helmet was 'probably' not an infantry helmet.
A view of the Bayerisches (Bavarian) Officer's Wappen (front plate). Note the voided crown, sharp detail, and polished highlights on this superb example. To conserve brass the Wappen is a very thin stamping.
A rear view of the helmet.
A view of the cruciform spike base and removable fluted spike top.
A side view showing the amazing condition of the lacquered fibre body.
The liner is in amazing condition; note the burgundy felt applied to the interior of the fibre shell.
A view of the paper maker's label "AWES MARKE" and the size "58".