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Title Life Guards trooper's helmet, 1871 pattern, ER2
Nationality British
Period c 1953

A good example of an early Queen's crown helmet, it is regimentally marked LG for Life Guards on the back peak. The Life Guards wear this helmet with a white plume, while the Horse Guards/Blues wear the same helmet with a red plume. The officers wear a much fancier piece with a blue and red enamel centre.

This helmet was introduced as a pattern in 1871, replacing the rather more elaborate version of 1848.

There is some minor damage to the green leather at either corner of the front peak, probably from old repairs in service, and the stitching at the front peak is also somewhat distressed for the same reason. There are several ripples in the skull of the helmet (just beneath the spike, on the left hand side, from memory). The plume is a nylon one, but should there be any preference, I have some spare horsehair plumes for both Life Guards and Horse Guards.

(Since photographing the helmet, I have carefully cleaned it and it now looks even more magnificent!)

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

[Militaria : Headdress : British : 20th Century]


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