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German Spiked Helmet or Pickelhaube: Leather crown with leather visor and rear skirt with brass edges; national and Prussian cockades at sides; brass chin strap; large eagle with spread wings with sun burst and Maltese cross design on front plate (Prussian Guard Infantry) and motto: "MIT GOTT/FUR KONIG UND VATERLAND/1813"; interior liner; and brass spike with base plate on top. This same helmet appears in photographs P1935.27.638 and .639, taken in 1919. "This helmet belonged to a Prussian Guard, or the 'Kaiser's Own'. It was taken from the guard by Sergent John Matschi of Oshkosh, Wis." This helmet can be seen in photographs P1935.27.638 & .639. John T. Matschi was born in Oshkosh, WI on January 4, 1892, the son of Jacob and Anna (Demel) Matschi. He enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard June 1, 1911. He was promoted to 2nd Corporal on May 31, 1914 and promoted to Sergeant on July 24, 1916. He served in Texas during the Mexican Border War 1916-1917. He was transferred to Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division in August 1917. He attended Officer's Candidate School in France from December 1, 1917 to March 14, 1918. He was promoted to Mess Sergeant on September 25, 1918. He returned to Oshkosh after World War I, married and worked for Paine Lumber Company. He died circa 1970.
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