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Title Eton College Volunteer Rifle Corps shako
Nationality British
Period c 1872

This rare survivor from the original raising of the Corps (in 1872) would originally have had a blue-grey superfine wool body with bright silver lace. This is, in all probability, an officer's shako or perhaps a senior NCO's. The other ranks would have, almost certainly, just had a plain black patent leather strap running round the base.

Sadly, this example has faded and tarnished with age and the lining sweat band is missing, while the lining itself has split.

I have never had one of these in my hands before.

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

The sword arrived safely and I am extremely pleased with the purchase.

B T, Canada, 05.12.2011