Maybe the most sought after helmet today. There are many
assumptions that do not hold firm on Landwehr helmets.
The first and easiest to recognize is the lack of a Peninsular
bandeaux. These were not on the landwehr pickelhaubes.
The landwehr cross was the "Fürst" variety.
Cockade color is interesting. Two issues are
the color of blue and the color of ring. Blues go from
very dark to very light. There doesn't seem to be anything
conclusive in these differences just 100 years of dirt
etc. The rings have been found in both gold and
silver. Yellow is correct but it might well be
that the silver ones didn't hold the yellow color.
This specific helmet had a very different
history. At one time the wappen was bolted
normally into place and then glued on. You can see
residue of the glue on the back of the plate. When the
plate was removed some leather fabric pulled
away. It was subsequently re-blackened by an
There are many variation of workmanship of the
horses. The green color on top of the leaves
varies from enamel to paint. Often the paint is in
poor shape. Look at the following collage.
You probably noticed the 2 different type pins holding
on the star, Hooks on bottom are for landwehr cross.