Officer's Shako, c1822

An illustration by P W Reynolds from a contemporary drawing in S M Milne's scrapbook. This is very similar to the shako seen in the black and white portrait of Michael Childers. The shako is of black beaver with silver lace round the top and silver chin scales which are usually tied over the peak. The centre has a wheel motif with Peninsula and Waterloo inscribed around it. The Childers version, dated c1817 has a silver sphinx in the middle. The wreath is in gilt. There is no plume on this example but the Childers portrait shows a white over red plume in a gilt socket above the gold boss. The red part of the plume is contained in a gold ring. The caplines are gold.

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