Model 1895 Hessen Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regt 115 Pickelhaube
Model 1895 Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regt. (1. Gro▀herzoglich Hessisches) Nr.115 (Darmstadt) XVIII Armee Korps Mannschaften (Other Ranks) Pickelhaube.

In 1897 Hessen Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regt 115 were awarded silver fittings and a new lion Wappen with oakleaves.

The Pickelhaube is configured as a correct M1895 with sliding vent on the rear spine, and leather chinstrap with silver fittings on M1891 mounts.
In 1897 the Grand-Duke of Hessen decided to convert the Regiment from brass to silver fittings to reflect the Regiment's Leibgarde status. As an economic measure, the brass fittings of IR115 helmets models 1891/1895 with brass fittings that were already in service, were chemically "whitened" to silver, so that they could be worn at the autumn maneuvers which the Kaiser would be attending. Unfortunately, the treatment process used to whiten the brass fittings was a complete failure as the fittings quickly became a dirty-grey color, and it was impossible to revive them. Later made Pickelhauben such as this example, carried fittings made of German nickel-silver.
A view of the Hessen Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regt 115 Wappen (front plate) with the distinctive "1621" Bandeau to commemorate the raising of the regiment on 11 March 1621.
A close up showing the fine details and pebbling on the "1621" Bandeau.
A view of the Model 1895 Hessen Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regt 115 Pickelhaube profile.
The liner is the standard Pickelhaube heavy leather pattern. Note the large blackened circular reinforcement plate in the top of the skull to help maintain the helmet's shape, typical for Hessen Pickelhauben.
Peeling back the liner reveals that the front Hessen Wappen is held on with brass nuts, as is the spike base, while the "1621" Bandeau is held on with prongs and washers. Between the Wappen mounts at one time there was a paper label which would have indicated the man that this example was issued to.
The right rear visor is marked "7C" (2nd Company) in a box, and "E" which could mean "Eigentum" which would indicate the helmet was sold to a soldier to be his own property. The helmet does not carry a unit mark to LIR115, but these helmets are so distinctive, it could not be anything but LIR115.
A view of the rear of the helmet.

To accommodate the cruciform spike base, note how low the M1895 sliding rear vent is on the rear spine.
To accommodate a black parade plume, the spike top is removable.
Unlike standard Reich's Kokarde on the right side that has a serrated edge with only one ring of color, the Hessen Kokarde is completely round, waffled, and carries two rings of color on the white base.
Two alte Kameraden back together again; a Hessen Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regt with brass fittings worn from 1871 to 1897 beside the German nickel-silver fittings and Leibgarde Wappen worn after 1897.