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I recently was given this photo by a cousin who was wondering if I knew who this person was. I figured the first thing I need to figure out is about when and where this photo was taken.

From the research I conducted it appears he is wearing a German Waffenrock uniform?

From other pictures I looked at it could be from the 1860s?

But in looking at the decoration of the photo I am wondering when did the Germans use the helmets with the spike on top (see the helmet in the lower center of the photo)?

So then I am not sure if I have dated it correctly.

My other question is could this young man and the older man in the second photo be the same person?

They are very similar, but the older man has an eyebrow that arches up, so it makes me think they are related but not the same person.

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I do know who the older man is. He is my great-great grandfather, Wilhelm Dürre. He was born in Adamsdorf, Germany around 1840, immigrated to the US in the late 1880s and lived in South Dakota until his death in 1918.

If the younger man is Wilhelm the dates would line up as the young man looks to be 25ish in the photo and if it was mid 1860s then he would have been born around 1840. But I am not sure if I have dated the photo correctly.

  • The pickelhaube (i.e. pointy helmet) was adopted by the Prussian army in 1842. After that, other German states adopted it as well. (See kaisersbunker.com/pe/m1842.htm) This gives you a lower bound on when the image was taken. Unfortunately, the drawing is not clear enough to guess which model/year it is. – J.J.D. Aug 17 at 3:03
  • Thank you for that information. – Dawn D Aug 17 at 20:29
  • The military subforum of ahnenforschung.net might be worth asking in: forum.ahnenforschung.net/forumdisplay.php?f=62 – Florian Straub Sep 12 at 7:52

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