Hessian helmets for some reason have captured everyone's
imagination. These helmets generally command much
higher prices than their rarity would indicate.
Good examples like this one are hard to come by.
There also somewhat different than the standard
pickelhaube. Hessian helmets had a cruciform Spike
base. That had four equal distant legs.
Normally, they had a shorter front leg. Hessian
infantry officer helmets do not use stars to hold the
cruciform spike base on to the helmet. In addition
Hessian infantry officer helmets, did not have a pearl
ring. The Spike itself was fluted.
The rear spine of a Hessian infantry officers helmet
had two lugs on it. Similar to what is called
dragoon lugs. For some reason, these details
escape many of the reference books. the landwehr crosses
on a Hessian helmet is unique to Hesse.
Hessian plates are often mounted north-south or
diagonal. Most helmet plates have the mounting
hardware located, from left to right or what I call East
Hessian cockades were non-serrated.