Imperial German Pickelhaube Evolution 1842-1915
The Model 1871 Pickelhaube
Experience in the Franco-Preußen war of 1870 to 1871 proved that the slider system for securing the Wappen (front plate) was inadequate, as field use often resulted in helmet Wappens being lost. As a result, the proven threaded bolt and nut was reinstated to replace the unsuccessful slider system.

At the same time a rear spine with hidden bolts soldered to the underside of the spine was introduced as the helmet proved to be too weak without it.

M1871 Preußia Eisenbahn Regiment
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Front Wappen
Spike Base
Side & Liner
Rear Spine
Side Post
Members of the Garde wearing issued M1871 Pickelhaube.