Officer's Full Dress Helmet, 1871 - 1914

The dress regulations of 1900 state: 'Helmet - Gilt or gilding metal, bound round the edge. At the top a crosspiece base and plume socket, 4 inches high from point of insertion in base. A laurel wreath above the front peak, and an oak-leaf band up the back. Plain burnished chain, 1 inch wide, mounted on black patent leather, lined with velvet and fastened on each side with a rose ornament. Furniture gilt or gilding metal. A diamond-cut silver star in front; on the star in gilt or gilging metal.... an eliptical ring with the designation of the regiment.' The 5th DG was unusual in having the regimental number, in silver, in the middle, a device to be found only on other ranks' helmets in the other dragoon guard regiments.
The horsehair plume for the 5th DG was red and white. All the dragoon guards had gilt helmets with gilt fittings whereas the dragoons had silver helmets with gilt fittings.

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