Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Infantry Pickelhaube M1848

Military History Museum, Rastatt

  Mecklenburg-Strelitz Infantry Other Ranks Pickelhaube M1848

The single Mecklenburg-Strelitz Infantry Battalion adopted the Pickelhaube in 1848. It had yellow metal fittings, a squared peak and a four way fluted spike with a ball tip. This style of spike was retained by both Mecklenburg Grand Duchies until 1895.

The front plate was an eight pointed star bearing the Mecklenburg coat of arms on a white metal round shield. Mecklenburg-Schwerin units wore a similar front plate but the star was vertically oval with a flattened base and the coat of arms was crowned and surrounded by laurel wreaths. Both Mecklenburg Grand Duchies wore the same blue-yellow-red cockade.

This example is on display at the Military History Museum in Rastatt. It weighs 750g and is 312mm tall.

During the Austro-Prussian War, both the Mecklenburg Grand Duchies supported Prussia but the Mecklenburg-Strelitz contingent did not see action. By that time the Pickelhaube had been replaced with a kepi.


Close up of the front plate and
Mecklenburg-Strelitz coat of arms.

Close up of the
blue-yellow-red Mecklenburg cockade under the right side chinscale boss.