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Title Bell top shako chin strap, officer's, militia?
Nationality British
Period c 1830

This is a splendid set in double-side old Sheffield plate, with only the addition of a new leather connecting strap (at some stage). This pattern shako was worn between 1829 and 1844. The colour of the metal would suggest a militia unit with silver buttons rather than a line regiment with gilt.

These very rarely appear on the market as spare parts, hence my somewhat fancy price! A complete shako in good order is worth some 3-4,500.

The overall condition is excellent, with some minor tarnishing to the scales.

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

[Militaria : Headdress : British : 19th Century]


I have in the last six months inherited my late father Alan Swain's police memorabilia collection along with much paperwork receipts etc. I would like to pass on to you my thanks for such good dealership with my father going back to the late 80s and well into the 1990s.

Laurence Swain, UK, 20.08.2016

Pistol arrived safely, thanks for the prompt service.

M W, UK, 26.03.2008