Prussian Erastz (substitute) pickelhaube : Private H V Reynolds, 1 Field Ambulance, AIF
|Title||Prussian Erastz (substitute) pickelhaube : Private H V Reynolds, 1 Field Ambulance, AIF|
|Date made||c 1914 - 1915|
|On display||Main building: First World War Gallery: Sinai Palestine 1918|
Prussian enlisted man's wartime Erastz (substitute) pickelhaube with steel helmet plate. The body of the helmet is made from a field grey coloured felt. At the top of the helmet is a detachable steel spike with a steel spine running down the rear of the helmet. The helmet plate at the front, attached with lugs, a split pin and wires, depicts an eagle with the inscription 'MIT.GOTT.FUR.KOEING.UNG.VATERLAND'. The helmet peak is bound with a folded white metal strip. A cotton webbing chin strap is attached to the helmet with metal side posts. The side posts in turn are attached to the helmet using metal backing plates with folded ears of metal. The leather helmet liner is missing.
Herbert Vincent Reynolds acquired this German pickelhaube during his unit's advance along the Somme between 8 and 30 August 1918.