Officer's Shako 1855-61

The new pattern shako replaced the Albert shako in 1855 and was inspired by the French kepi which the British had become accustomed to seeing in the Crimea. It was 5.25 inches high in front and 7.125 inches high at the sloping back. The top was one inch smaller in diameter than the bottom. Most regiments had a ball tuft on top, but the light infantry had a green falling plume. There was a peak at the front and a smaller peak at the back. The star badge on the front had the distinction of the regimental badge of a stringed bugle and mural crown instead of the number.

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