I have had this 1892 Spiked helmet EGA for many years and was never able to find another like it. First off, I know without the cutout mouth most would pronounce it as a fake. I know you can age brass to make it look alot older. Putting all that aside, when you handle this and look at the detail, worn spots along with damaged wing tip and bent anchor, it's hard to write off.
I compared it to another one that I also had, one that most consider as the accepted style. First thing you notice is they are both the size, detail and same thickness but the darker one is very hard to bend. The darker one weighs 1oz. the bright brass one weighs .9oz.
Another interesting thing on the back is there are four brass prongs for attaching to a helmet instead of the usual stud with nut and two anti-movement prongs. When you look at the back it never had the stud or two prongs?
It is possible after studying it with a magnifying glass that maybe the mouth was never punched out properly? I still find it to be an interesting piece.
I look forward to hearing from everyone on this.
I will now buckle my seat belt!