ITEM# 01042011-4
Description  US M1881 Helmet Spike Bases—Lot
Price $ 45.00

Lot of five original US M1881 spike bases/plume socket bases for the enlisted fulldress helmet. Of the acorn-and-leaf pattern, this is the regulation fitting worn on EM’s helms from 1881 through 1902. These five are in unissued condition, complete with original finish. (Termed “flash plating” by some collectors, this is a misnomer, since the process involved neither plating nor speed. It was a pickling process intended as a preservative). Offered at a fraction of today’s standard retail.