Here is a really unique and unusual little vintage charm in the shape of a German Pickelhaube helmet.
What makes this piece so unusual is not just the great condition, but the bullet!!
Made famous by Kaiser Wilhelm during the First World War, the Pickelhaube helmet is characterized by the distinct "point" on the top.
In fact, the German word "pickel" translates literally as "point" while "haube" ("bonnet" in English) is a general German term for headwear.
This helmet charm features the characteristic point on top, a band at the front, the Prussian eagle and a slightly more macabre detail: a bullet penetrating the side.
The butt of the bullet sticks out of the left side while the pointed end can be clearly seen inside the helmet.
We think this charm was probably not made in Germany, but likely made in England, the United States or another of the countries that made up the Allied Powers during World War I.
A rigid loop and ring are affixed to the back of the little charm; this will make it simple to wear as a necklace or add to a charm bracelet.
The charm is made entirely of brass.
The helmet features a dark, almost-black, finish while the eagle, band and point accents are a more traditional gold-tone.
It shows a very small amount of wear but remains in excellent vintage condition overall.
Jewelry and militaria-collectors alike will love the truly unusual character of this unique little charm.
Measurements: Charm is 3/4" tall, 5/8" wide and 3/4" deep Weight: 2.4 grams