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Scottish Rifles (Cameronians) late Victorian / Edwardian Rank and File Shako. shako.

A dark blue cloth example, across the front a plaited mohair cord swag, that terminates with acorn devices. To the front a blackened strung bugle surmounted by a cord boss mounted with a Mullet and black horsehair plume. Horizontal patent leather peak and leather chinstrap. The interior with various stampings and paper label "size by ring Measure" 21 1/2", leather sweatband. Service wear

Code: 50642Price: 600.00 GBP


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17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own) Victorian OR’s lance cap.

A good scarce example with black patent leather body and peak. The crown is of white patent leather, with ornate gilt metal fleur bosses to each corner. Regimental lance plate to front with skull and crossed bones, the last battle honour “South Africa 1879”. Lion’s head bosses support leather lined brass chinchain. Blue and yellow woollen boss with skull and crossbones regimental button to centre supports a white horse hair plume mounted in gilt metal plume holder. Leather and cotton lining to the interior. and the interior crown with WD 1902 issue stamp. Overall GC some age wear.

Code: 50583Price:


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Royal Air Force RAF Officer’s full dress busby circa 1921-39.

An exceptionally fine inter-war example by J.C. Wells Ltd. 19, Maddox St., London W1 in virtually mint condition. The skull is of black chromed leather, trimmed with seal dyed nutria. To the front gold and blue plaited lace cord festoon with the crest of the Royal Air Force viz, a silver eagle in flight mounted on a gilt crowned circlet "Per Ardue ad Astra". The plume is of dyed ostrich feathers, with a gold bullion and blue basket weave holder and gilt ring. The interior retains cream leather sweatband with adjustable top and gold quilted lining; black patent leather chinstrap. Housed in its original japanned transit / storage tin; the plume contained in a separate storage tube, which fits into the lid of the tin.

The full dress busby was loosely based on the design of a flying helmet. Full dress was introduced in 1920, the busby followed in 1921 however the badge did not obtain official approval until 26th January 1923. Full dress was discontinued at the outbreak of WW2. The busby became famous when worn by George VI (then Duke of York) on the occasion of his wedding to Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon 26th April, 1923.

Code: 50165Price:


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Indian Army: Bombay Volunteer Rifles Victorian Officer's Torin Field Service Side Cap.

A rare attributed example. Black curtain and crown with scarlet body with gold bullion piping. Silver bullion embroidered badge of crowned BVR cypher. The hat with a ink label of F.W. English. Generally in good condition but with small contemporary repair (see photograph).

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5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales’s) Dragoon Guards Officers 1871 pattern helmet.

A magnificent and scarce example by an Officer of the 5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales’s) Dragoon Guards. Fire gilt skull decorated with laurel leaves; to the front a helmet plate of silvered cut star overlaid with a fire gilt title strap inscribed “P.C.W. Dragoon Guards” encircling a silvered numeral “5” set on a gilt ground. A gilt fluted spike supports the white over red regimental pattern horsehair plume with its gilt rose boss. To each side, a rose head boss which supports the gilt and red leather backed interlocking chin chain. Cotton lining to the interior. The lining is part shot. Overall a superb specimen.

Code: 50646Price: 2750.00 GBP


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53rd (Shropshire) Regiment of Foot) Officer’s belltop shako circa 1829-44.

A magnificent example of beaver with patent leather peak and crown. Large rich fire gilt crowned star mounted with diamond-cut silver star, upon which rests a gilt Maltese cross, its arms inscribed with battle honours. Within a circlet inscribed “Shropshire Regiment” the numerals “53”. Woollen ball tuft of white over red with original boss with acanthus leaf motif. Red Moroccan leather sweatband and crimson silk lining to interior. Lining retains its original paper label for Hawkes, Moseley and Sons, No. 14 Piccadilly. Housed in its original black japanned special shaped tin. Shako is in excellent condition.very fresh.

Hawkes, Moseley and Sons operated from 14 Piccadilly 1821-1852.
During the period this shako was worn, the regiment served from 1829 -1840 at Malta, Gibraltar and the Ionian Islands. In 1844 the regiment embarked for service in India were it stayed for sixteen years.

Code: 50304Price: 9500.00 GBP


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Victorian 16th Queen's Lancers Officer's Attributed Pill Box Cap.

A superb and rare example. Dark blue melton cloth, with a wide band of gold Regimental pattern lace and quartered to the crown with gold bullion cord. To the center a bullion cord pearl button. The interior with leather sweatband and crimson cotton lining. Complete with original wood block, this made with grooves to accommodate the chin strap and contained in original metal japanned storage tin. To the lid a brass name plaque with the engraved name J Oswald Esq 16th Lancers. VGC.

Lieutenant J Oswald joined the 16th Lancers on the 22nd January 1881 and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1887.

Code: 50216Price:


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North Irish Horse Officer’s Full Dress Head-dress.

A very rare and magnificent example of the his unique regimental pattern. Hardened dark green melton cloth skull, with a wide black patent leather brim and band to the skull. To the front a large silvered badge secured with blades, set onto a green and white rosette. Complete with green cockerel feather plume. The sweatband to the interior is now absent, but the tailor’s label of Hawkes remains with paper order label with name “Russell”. Also gold initials “A.H.R.”. Black patent leather chin strap present. Moth nips to the underside of the brim otherwise a very fine example.

Worn by Lieutenant Colonel The Hon. Arthur Hamilton-Russell, 4th son of the 7th Viscount Boyne. Major Royal Dragoons 28.1.08, retired and became Major NIH 27.1.09. He embarked with the Regiment to France landing on the 1st May 1915, he was Mentioned in Dispatches June 1916.

Code: 50022Price: 5000.00 GBP


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1st Bn Herefordshire Regiment post 1902 Officer's Home Service Pattern helmet

A fine and rare example with gilt fittings and leather backed chin chain. To the front, a gilt crowned star mounted with laurel wreath and Garter; to the black velvet centre, silver Arms of Herefordt; mounted on the base of the wreath a silver scroll inscribed "1st Bn Herefordshire Regt". Retains leather sweatband with crimson silk edging. Gilt to the helmet plate remains very bright, gilt furniture, slightly dulled. Slight moth damage to cloth around left rosette.

Code: 50081Price: 1100.00 GBP


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Welsh. 1st Brecknockshire Rifle Volunteers Victorian Officer's helmet.

A fine rare example of an Officer's Home Service Pattern blue cloth helmet complete with silvered cross piece, spike and rose bosses supporting a velvet backed chin chain. To the front, a silvered crowned star mounted with laurel wreath and strap "1st Brecknockshire R.V.", to the centre the regimental device of Prince of Wales's plumes. Leather sweatband to interior with crimson silk edging. Contained in its original metal storage tin. Minor wear to silver, otherwise near VGC.

Code: 50082Price: 1450.00 GBP

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