Dating a pickelhaube dating ondemand
Edit 10/27: For more information regarding the actual effectiveness of the spike, as well as the actual mechanics of how it works, I would urge you to read the comments sections where David Menéndez Hurtado has graciously elaborated greatly on the subject.
This helmet came from a small, old collection from my native state of Oklahoma. It’s a Württemburg Dragoon Regiment 25 other ranks helmet.
It’s missing most of the washers, which is something you see a lot on helmets from old collections. eshow/DR25VR/Joe British philosopher and historian R. Colligwood said, "it is not the facts that are interesting in history, but the questions and their answers - and these can never be fixed.
I don't think there is any way to know if you do not have an actual date.
Contrary to popular belief, the spike on a Pickelhaube served a practical purpose besides looking goofy, and potentially being used to spear an enemy if all else failed.
The spiked helmet was the last in a series of leather helmets designed to help deflect sword slashes to the top of the earliest one was the British light infantry helmet P1771 (shown below) which incorporated stiff leather, and small chains to ward off sabers and other sword attacks.
The Russian version initially had a horsehair plume fitted to the end of the spike, but this was later discarded in some units. At the beginning of the Crimean War, such helmets were common amongst infantry and grenadiers, but soon fell out of place in favour of the fatigue cap.
After 1862 the spiked helmet ceased to be generally worn by the Russian Army, although it was retained until 1914 by the Cuirassier regiments of the Imperial Guard and the Gendarmerie.
The Pickelhaube (plural Pickelhauben; from the old German Pickel = "point" or "pickaxe", and Haube = "bonnet", a general word for headgear), also "Pickelhelm," was a spiked helmet worn in the 19th and 20th centuries by German military, firefighters, and police.
The Russians used the traditional double-headed eagle.
German military Pickelhauben also mounted two round, colored cockades behind the chinstraps attached to the sides of the helmet.
Baden dragoon pickelhaubes were configured in the same manner with silver trim, brass chinscales and the unusual treatment of the rear spine attachment bolts (the bottom of which on this example is a replacement).
I also replaced the rear mounting bolt and the right side mounting split pin for the visor trim which were missing when I got the helmet.