Category: headdress

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Light dragoon pattern shako and plume worn by Cornet C Cazenove, 6th Madras Light Cavalry, 1851 ©.

The 6th Cavalry were originally raised in 1799. The British officers of the Madras Army’s Light Cavalry regiments wore a distinctive French grey uniform that had been adopted in 1818. Their shakos, tunics and overalls closely followed the British pattern.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 1963-09-264-2


National Army Museum, London


National Army Museum, Study collection

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Eton College Volunteer Rifle Corps Cadet’s S…

Eton College Volunteer Rifle Corps Cadet’s Shako and Later Pattern Helmet, c.1860-1908

The grey cloth covered low crowned shako embellished with three lines of braiding and similar piping around the crown, black patent leather horizontal peak and white metal badge being a strung bugle horn over script letters ‘EVRC’, buff leather sweat band and lining with period inscription ‘W.Anstruther Thomson E.V.R.C. 1874’. The grey cloth 1878 pattern helmet with all white metal fittings, two lines of braiding, correct pattern white metal fittings including spike and quadrant, frontal badge as before, brown leather sweat band and green baize lined peaks.

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Pith helmets for the men serving in India


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British 1871 Pattern Trooper’s Helmet …

British 1871 Pattern Trooper’s Helmet Of The Royal Horseguards

With white-metal skull, brass and white-metal mounts, red horsehair plume, and leather liner. 42 cm high.

A Complete Dress Uniform of a Captain of the…

A Complete Dress Uniform of a Captain of the Horse Guards

Comprising: 1) Helmet with silvered skull with gilt mounts; regimental badge in silver, gilt metal and red and blue enamel; leather-backed gilt chinscales; gilt and silvered spike with red horsehair plume; full leather sweatband/liner. 2) Blue wool uniform coat with red facings; cuffs, tails and collar with gold bullion acorn and leaf lace, the former with regimental buttons; gold bullion epaulets with captain’s rank insignia; gold bullion aiguillettes. 3) Leather-lined and brass-trimmed breast and backplate; leather-backed brass shoulder scales with lion’s head finials; leather waistbelt with gold thread stitching. 4) White leather breeches. 5) Pair of black leather jack boots dated 1907 and with various marks including 2nd L.G. and WD with broad arrow. 6) Pair of nickeled spurs with black leather straps. 7) A black silk cockade, or rose, said to have been worn by this officer at the funeral of Queen Victoria. 

British Pattern 1871 Helmet of an Officer in t…

British Pattern 1871 Helmet of an Officer in the 2nd Dragoon Guards, c. 1880

The gilt-metal skull complete with all gilt-metal fittings including applied laurel branches below a diamond-cut frontal plate overlaid with gilt garter over double enamel and enclosing the silver VR’ cypher, and non-matching gilt pattern supporters with unlined chin-chain of incorrect pattern, the interior with original quilted silk sweat-band and liner, green leather peak linings, black nylon hair plume of other ranks pattern, and in fine condition, complete with its chamois leather storage bag, in its original japanned carrying tin with Hawks & Co. brass retailer’s shield, and escutcheon engraved ‘F. Gordon-Mackenzie Esq. Queen’s Bays’.

Frederick Gordon-Mackenzie was promoted to Lieutenant in the Dorset Militia on 19 November 1873, Lieutenant in the 2nd Dragoon Guards on 12 December 1876, and Captain in the same regiment on 21 July 1891. In 1884 he was seconded as Adjutant to the Hampshire Yeomanry Cavalry (Carabiniers). He retired from the army on 29 September the same year and died at Brighton on 22 April 1894.

A Cased Royal Horse Guards Officer’s H…

A Cased Royal Horse Guards Officer’s Helmet Owned by Lt. Col. (Later Major General) John Fielden Brocklehurst, 1st Baron Ranksborough

The helmet with silvered skull and gilt brass frontplate with multi-element enameled regimental crest. Leather-backed gilt brass chinscales with Tudor rose rosettes. Silvered and gilt brass top spike with red horsehair plume. Brown leather sweatband. With original japanned tin cases for the helmet and plume, both with the gilt brass maker’s plates of Hawkes of London and with affixed with brass plates engraved Lt. Col. Brocklehurst/Rl Horse Guards.

Note: Major General John Fielden Brocklehurst, 1st and only Baron Ranksborough, 1852-1921. Commissioned in the Horse Guards in 1874; fought in the Egyptian Campaign of 1882 and the Sudan Expedition, 1884-5. Brevet Lt. Colonel in 1891, commanding the Horse Guards 1894-99. Colonel in 1899 and Equerry to Her Majesty Queen Victoria 1899-1901. Served in the Boer War 1899-1901. Invested as a Companion, Order of the Bath in 1900 and as Commander, Royal Victorian Order in 1901. Equerry to Her Majesty Queen Alexandra 1901-10. Major General of the 3rd Cavalry brigade. Created 1st Baron Ranksborough July 3, 1914. Lord-in-Waiting to His Majesty King George V in 1915.

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1st West Yorkshire Yeomanry Cavalry 1871 Pattern Trooper’s Helmet

A fine quality plated example of the pattern adopted in 1876, complete with very fine frontal plate featuring crowned rose sprays enclosing a beaded star brass unit title and central plated rose, complete with rose side ornaments and broad plated chin chain, white horse hair plume with top rose finial and correct pattern plume holder. Original leather sweat band with period naming inside ‘W. Nicholson’.

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The Leicestershire Yeomanry (Prince Albert’s Own) Officer’s Helmet c.1852-1870 

A fine and scarce example, the black leather skull fitted with good quality silver plated mounts and an all round bottom trim in brass, the ornate frontal plate shows a crowned elongated star with script ‘LYC’ centre and a tri-part scroll below “Prince Albert’s Own’. The plume quadrant of special pattern with a globular and four sided fluted plume holder. Lion’s mask side ornaments and plated chin chain. The falling white horse hair plume lacks the retaining nut. Oiled silk sweatband and lining all present but part detached.

The Kit of Britishmuzzleloaders – Part One – Headdress and…

The Kit of Britishmuzzleloaders – Part One – Headdress and General Historical Items