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.
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 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.
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.