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Title Tarleton helmet badge, old Sheffield plate
Nationality British
Period c 1800
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The Tarlton helmet was worn from the late 1780s through, in the case of the Royal Horse Artillery, to 1820, when a shako replaced it. Other units, like Light Dragoons and yeomanry, wore this helmet, with a bearskin crest and a silk turban, throughout the Napoleonic Wars. Also, the Honourable Artillery Horse Battery would have worn this.

The helmet was usually made of boiled leather and would have had a scale chin chain with a metal rim to a leather peak. The badge was worn on one side and a feather plume on the other. Sometimes there was a bullion fringe at the reverse, in the case of officers anyway.

This particular badge has had its fittings removed, but the bulk of the silver finish (Sheffield plate) is still intact, with a little bit of bleeding to the highlights of the badge. I would rate it as 98% original finish intact.

The lead solder on the reverse (not applied by me!) could be removed carefully with a soldering iron and a razor blade or scalpel, if one was fussed.

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


[Militaria : Badges : British : 18th Century]

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Hi Chris, just to let you know it arrived safely and I am very happy with it, also the condition. I have been looking for a while for that particular style and maker.. Thanks again for everything and I shall now be keeping an eye on your web page.

C A, UK, 28.09.2010

Safely arrived. Many thanks for the information. Your site is on my list of favourites.

R B, UK, 16.11.2005

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