Royal Horse Guards


Other Ranks' Helmet, 1905


It is interesting to compare this helmet worn by privates and NCOs, with the one worn by officers (see: Officer's Helmet c1905). In both cases the basic skull is silver and the fittings are gilt, but the central device of the garter star is plain brass for this helmet, with the rays of the star in white metal. The crown is the style used through the reigns of Edward VII, George V and VI. The squashed orb shape at the base of the spike is white metal whereas it is gilt for the officers. The side view of the helmet shows the curb chain and the rosettes to which it is attached. The chain is worn on the chin in the Blues and under the lip in the Life Guards. The red plume is dyed horse hair.


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by Stephen Luscombe