Development history of the Prussian Pickelhaube between 1842-1918
On 23.10.1842 king Friedrich-Wilhelm IV. ordered the introduction of the "Pickelhaube" in the Prussian army. The leather helmet was then constantly developed further and therefore underwent some changes during its long use in Prussia, which I would like to show on this page. I have tried to prove the changes as far as possible by original AKO's (Allerhöchste KabinettsOrder) or other, contemporary (German language) sources.
Since helmet stocks were refreshed at regular intervals according to the procurement plan, old equipment stocks on enlisted men, or on officers' property helmets, continued to be tolerated for a generous transition period.