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Title 1st Volunteer Battalion Essex Regiment helmet plate
Nationality British
Period c 1881-1908

This is an unusual Volunteer Rifle regiment helmet plate with a blackened finish in the format of the standard 1881 pattern helmet star, rather than the more usual Maltese cross normally associated with Rifle units. The 1st VB Essex was based at Romford. The base metal of the piece would appear to be gilding metal.

The condition is generally excellent for its age and this is one of the first blackened examples I have come across for a number of years.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Badges : British : 19th Century]


Dear Chris, truncheon arrived safe and sound yesterday... what a beauty! I look forward to our next transaction.

C C, Australia, 18.09.2012

Incredibly, I received your shipment today. Super fast delivery, I was expecting it on Saturday. The helmet was, as you said, 100%. The side cap is excellent also...

L T, USA, 08.06.2006