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Title Tropical full dress plume, political/military
Nationality British
Period c 1900

This is the swan's feather plume for the foreign service or the Wolesley helmet, often seen worn by political officers and senior military commanders at parades in tropical places. These were worn right up to 1939 and I've even seen a photograph of an equerry of Princess Margaret wearing one in the 1950s on a visit to Jamaica.

The swan's feathers are in reasonably good shape with a little fraying to the top, as you would expect from the age of the piece. The tin has much of its original red and brown speckled paintwork, but it has obviously had some abuse in its day.

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

[Militaria : Headdress : British : 20th Century]


Wanted to let you know the items arrived today. Great job on the packing. Too often I buy very expensive and irreplaceable items from the UK and they get sent barely packed to protect them from the various postal services - appreciate you going the extra mile to insure it arrived in the shape it left. Thanks again, look forward to doing business with you in the future. Items were very nice, exactly as offered.

M M, USA, 18.03.2010

The package arrived safely today. Thank you very much for the easy transaction and prompt shipping. I am very happy with the sword and hope to do business with you again.

T L, Slovenia, 28.05.2008