Württembergisches Feldartillerie Regt Pickelhaube
Württembergisches Feldartillerie (Field Artillery) Eigetumsstück (privately purchased) Pickelhaube.

This helmet was worn by the following Feldartillerie Regiments:

  • Feld-Artillerie-Regt. König Karl (1.Württembergisches) Nr.13 (Ulm/Stuttgart) XIII Armee Korps
  • Feld-Artillerie-Regt. Prinz-Regent Luitpold von Bayern (2.Württembergisches) Nr.29 (Ludwigsburg) XIII Armee Korps
  • 3. Württembergisches Feld-Artillerie-Regt. Nr.49 (Ulm) XIII Armee Korps
  • 4. Württembergisches Feld-Artillerie-Regt. Nr.65 (Ludwigsburg) XIII Armee Korps
A view of the Württemberg Wappen (front plate) with the distinctive lion and stag holding a center shield. This Wappen retains all the original mercury-gilding and as is typical for a high-quality Wappen with voided crown and antlers, as well as low and high areas such as the shield edging polished to add contrast to the gilding.
To accommodate a Haarbusch, the tall Kugel (ball top) is removable.

Note the M1871 pattern rounded Perling, which was used by all cavalry regiments and was a private-purchase option often seen of artillery helmets. This gave rise to the collector's "NCO Perlring" urban-myth, whereas the Kokarden on this example indicate it was worn by the lowest ranks, Private to Sergeant.
A side profile of this superb example which retains almost all the high-gloss lacquered finish..
Note that the rear spine does not incorporate the M1895 rear sliding air vent, correct for a private purchase pattern and correct for all artillery helmets prior to the First War.
The helmet liner is the private purchase "Extra" pattern made from high quality leather with squared fingers.
When stored in the Etui (storage case) the Pickelhaube fits into the neck of the Etui and is retained by a leather strap. this leaves room for the Krätzchen to sit on the padded bottom.
This period photo shows a Württemberg Einjährig-Freiwilliger (One-Year Volunteer) wearing an identical Eigentumsstück Kugelhelm.
Photo used with the kind permission of
Stephen Case-Pall
A matching Württembergisches Feldartillerie private purchase Waffenrock, Pickelhaube, and Krätzchen. To see the Waffenrock click Here. To see the Krätzchen click Here.