Other Rank's Helmet 1843-47

The 1843 helmet was unpopular and lasted only a few years. This rare other-rank's helmet is of the 4th or Royal Irish Dragoon Guards and has the front peak extending forward as opposed to the drooping peak seen in some other examples. The Fernley painting shows the regiment wearing this shape of helmet. The brass crest on the top is very ornate and is visible even with the mane fixed. The black horsehair was used by all the heavy cavalry regiments, although trumpeters and musicians of the 2nd Dragoon Guards had a white plume. The photo is taken from a Bosleys auction catalogue of June 2010. It realised a price of 3,400 pounds.

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