Officer's Shako 1828

Up until the late 1820s the device on the front of the shako was a lace wheel-like roundel but in 1828 a metal badge was adopted in the shape of a Maltese cross with the eagle in the middle. The lace around the top of the shako was silver oakleaf pattern and had a gold boss with embroidered XIV in the middle. A double silver lace strip connected the boss to the badge. The chin-scales were silver interlocking plates and the peak was plain black leather. The plume was white over red cocks feathers falling in front of the shako.

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