Officer's Helmet 1818-1834

The ostentatious uniforms of the 1820s and early 30s were crowned with this helmet described as Roman in many books. The skull was metal but painted with black japanning. The gilt ornamentation on the front had a Royal Hanoverian Arms badge on a rayed background. There are gilt laurel leaves on the back of the skull and impressive lion heads on each side to hold the ornate chin scales. The bearskin crest is very high, fixed to a comb on top of the helmet that is plain black with gilt edges but obscured by the fur. The helmet can be seen in the 1824 portrait and the equestrian Spooner Print. This officer's helmet was sold at Bosleys in Dec 2006, priced between 2,000 and 3,000 pounds.

Regimental details | Helmets


Armed Forces | Art and Culture | Articles | Biographies | Colonies | Discussion | Glossary | Home | Library | Links | Map Room | Sources and Media | Science and Technology | Search | Student Zone | Timelines | TV & Film | Wargames | Library | Search | TV & Film | Wargames |

by Stephen Luscombe