Duchies of Reuss
Infantry Pickelhaube M1860

Bavarian Army Museum, Ingolstadt

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There were two tiny Duchies of Reuss; Reuss-Greiz, the senior line and Reuss-Gera the larger junior line. In 1866 they fielded two and four infantry companies respectively. Like many other German states, they adopted the Prussian style Pickelhaube in 1845, to replace their former shako.

The Reuss Pickelhaube was similar to the Prussian design with yellow metal fittings, a smooth spike, cruciform base and squared peak. The front plate was a yellow metal eight pointed star bearing the crowned Reuss coat of arms in white metal. The yellow/red/black Reuss cockade was worn under the right side chin scale boss. A white horsehair plume was worn on parade, changed to black in 1861.

This example is from the Bavarian Army Museum in Ingolstadt. It weighs 820g and is 264mm high.

During the Austro-Prussian War, Reuss-Greiz supported Austria while Reuss-Gera leaned towards Prussia, thus effectively cancelling each other out. Neither saw action, with both contingents forming part of the Mainz garrison for the duration of the war.


Reuss Infantry Pickelhaube c1866
Close up of the front plate bearing the crowned Reuss coat of arms
Bavarian Army Museum, Ingolstadt


Illustration by Richard Knötel from 'Uniformkunde'