Pickelhaube helmet

Pickelhaube helmet, Bavarian (German). “Pickel” in this case means “point”. Ca. WW1. From the Estate of Dorothy Cook. Helmets of this type were originally designed in Prussia (Germany) in the 1840s to imitate those worn in the Napoleonic wars. Because it is made of leather, we know that it was produced before 1915. As the war continued, decorative helmets like this were abandoned by the infantry in favor of the steel helmets we normally associate with WWI, which decreased fatalities by