WW1 German Reserve Infantry Regiment 74 Pickelhaube With 'WATERLOO' Scroll
A fantastic Reserve Infantry officers pickelhaube with 'WATERLOO' scroll of the 74th Regiment who were entitled to wear the Prussian plate & Waterloo scroll due to their role in the famous battle of June 1815.
This is a classic officers private purchase piece with tall spike & flat infantry pattern chinscales secured by gilt rosettes. The Prussian eagle frontplate bears the scroll 'WATERLOO' across its upper breast which was adopted January 24th 1899. Close examination of the reverse of the plate confirms its originality with the high quality workmanship of a period piece evidenced by the solder of the scroll matching that of the screw posts . It is quite clear from witness marks on the front of the helmet itself that this plate has bene in situ for a very long time. Interior shows nicely a manufacturers paper label 'W.S.H. MARKE' with Size '551/2'. The helmet has been purchased by the officer without a lining this most likely in order to cut down on his costly uniform expenditure. The finish on the pickelhaube itself shows light naturally aged crazing finely complimenting the originality of this fabulous piece.