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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]


Chris, got the buckle thanks and what a beauty, posted it on the forum already (war relics forum) I mod the buckle forum I have put a thanks to you on there with your site title so might drum up a bit of business for you :)

B E, UK, 13.12.2011

I received the item today, you had packed it well and there were no problems with customs. Overall I was happy with it although the blade was a little bit worse than I had imagined, however thank you for your efforts.

P P, Australia, 09.03.2011