Prussia - M1889 Leibgendarmerie parade helmet to Gefreiter Madel

(Preuen - Helm M1889 fr Mannschaften der Leibgendarmerie zur Parade des Gefreiten Madel)

Extremely rare M1889 helmet to Gefreiter Walter Madel for EM of the Prussian "Leibgendarmerie". 

Iron helmet with original nickel-finish in place. Tombak fittings. A "Garde" front plate from German silver (Neusilber) showing an enamelled eagle as well as the "Garde" motto "Suum Cuique" and bandeau "Mit Gott für König und Vaterland".

Chinscales with Prussian cockade. "Reichskokarde" missing. Chinscales attached to button M94. Leather strap in place but damaged.

Both visors with original green (front) and black (rear) paint remaining. "55" size stamped to the bottom of the rear visor. Including the original leather liner with markings of the Gardekorps "Bekleidungsamt". "1913" dated: "B.A.G. 1913". Liner separated from the prong to the reverse but easy to reapply.

Parade eagle to a bottom plate showing old solder and period time pencil notes. Bottom plate attached with the correct wing nut. Leather washer. Extra holes to the helmet to attach the service spike which is absolutely correct. Eagle with minor damage to its left wing tip.

Including a photo of Walter Madel (16,5cm x 7,5cm, Agfa-Brovira paper) as well as a photograph of his unit with lettering "Gala = Wache d. Leibgarde S.M.d. Kaiserin Potsdam 1912". Size 35cm x 28,5cm. Madel is the second from the right as it says to the reverse. It matches the single photograph. He is shown as a member of the 2. Zug here. He might have switched the "Zug" at a certain time.

To the reverse, notes a relative with the same name stating that this helmet belonged to Gefreiter Walter Madel: "Gefr. Walter Madel, zweiter von rechts. Ehemaliger Eigentümer des Leibgendarmerie Helmes. Walter Madel".

Extremely rare helmet from historical importance. Only worn by members of the "1. Zug" of the Leibgendarmerie!

Stored in a cellar for over 40 years and now consigned by the heritage of the house. Never in collector's hands.


Extrem seltener Helm M1889 des Gefreiten Walter Madel für Mannschaften der preußischen Leibgendarmerie.

Eiserne Helmglocke mit Resten der Vernickelung und Tombakmontierungen. Vorne neusilberner Gardestern mit emailliertem Adler, dem Motto der Garde: "Suum Cuique" und dem umlaufenden Bandeau "Mit Gott für König und Vaterland".

Gewölbte Schuppenketten mit preußischer Kokarde (Reichskokarde fehlt!) an Knöpfen 94. Lederriemen vorhanden, aber beschädigt.

Beide Schirme spitz zulaufend, der Vorderschirm mit Resten der grünen und der Hinterschirm mit Resten der schwarzen Lackierung. An der Unterseite des Hinterschirms ist die Größe "55" eingeschlagen. Lederfutter mit Stempel vom Bekleidungsamt des Gardekorps von 1913: "B.A.G. 1913". Futter hinten vom Splint gelöst.

Paradeadler unten mit großer Flügelschraube auf Lederplatte befestigt, Bronzierung teilweise migriert. Linke Flügelspitze am Ende leicht beschädigt. In der Glocke Doppellöcher zum Anbringen der Dienstspitze. Grundplatte des Adlers mit zeitgenössischer, unleserlicher Beschriftung. Gewinder unten an Platte angelötet.

Extrem selten! Nur vom 1. Zug der Leibgendarmerie wurde der Helm mit dem Paradeadler getragen!

Trägerfoto (16,5cm x 7,5cm, Agfa-Brovira Papier) sowie ein Foto seiner Einheit mit Aufschrift "Gala = Wache d. Leibgarde S.M.d. Kaiserin Potsdam 1912". Maße: 35cm x 28,5cm. Rückseitig handschriftlich Information eines Verwandten mit selben Namen: "Gefr. Walter Madel, zweiter von rechts. Ehemaliger Eigentümer des Leibgendarmerie Helmes. Walter Madel".

Madel hier als zweiter von rechts und auch auf dem Einzelfoto als Mitglied des 2. Zugs. 

Nachlass von extremer Seltenheit. Seit über 40 Jahren in einem Keller gelagert und nun vom Erben des Haushalts zur Versteigerung eingeliefert. Ein museales Stück von großer historischen Bedeutung.

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