Hessen-Kassel Line Infantry Officers Pickelhaube
The Electorate of Hessen-Kassel
introduced a Pickelhaube for
their army in 1846.
version worn by the line
infantry regiments 1-3 was
similar to that of
Hessen-Darmstadt in that it had
yellow metal fittings, a hessian
white/red/white cockade under the
right side chinstrap boss and the
crowned Hessian Lion rampant
with a sword in its right hand
as the front plate.
Every other detail was
different. The Lion had a single
tail and no laurel or oak leaves
surrounding it. The spike was
plain, the front peak squared.
Officers as in most other
contingents wore a pearl ring
and stars rather than plain
buttons on the spike base.
This example is on
display at the Military History
Museum in Rastatt. It weighs
and is 305mm tall.
The elite Leib-Garde
Regiment wore a similar helmet but with white metal
fittings (yet yellow metal chin scales). Their front
plate was a white metal eight pointed star with the
Electoral Order of the Golden Lion in the centre. The
order was enamelled for officers. On parade the regiment
wore a white horsehair plume.
General staff wore the
same helmet as the Leib-Garde Infantry but with a white
and red feather plume on parade.
The artillery wore the
same helmet as the line infantry but with a ball top
rather than a spike. The pioneers were the same helmet
as the line infantry but with white metal fittings.
The Garde du Corps
cavalry wore a Prussian cuirassier style polished yellow
metal helmet with a fluted spike and the star of the
Order of the Golden Lion in white metal on the front.
They also wore a white horsehair plume on parade.
sided with Austria in the
Austro-Prussian War of 1866. As they
marched away to join the Federal
VIII Army Corps, Prussia
occupied the Electorate and
captured the Elector.
because of mixed loyalties among
Prince Alexander of Hessen
commander of the Federal VIII
Army Corps then deemed the
contingent unfit for active duty
(except for the Hussars) and
sent them to garrison the
fortress of Mainz for the
duration of the war, where they
saw no action.