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**SOLD**SOLD**SUPERB, British 1871 Pattern 1st Dragoon Guards Cavalry Troopers Helmet With Red Horse Hair Plume, Liner & Link Chin Strap. Sn 13751 - 13751
Dragoon Guards was the designation used to refer to certain heavy cavalry regiments in the British Army from the 18th century onwards. The British Army first used the designation in 1746, when the King's Own Regiment of Horse, the Queen's Own Royal Regiment of Horse (prior to 1727 the Princess of Wales's Own) and the 4th Horse were redesignated as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Dragoon Guards respectively. This is a superb 1871 pattern British 1st Dragoon Guards Troopers Helmet With correct red Horse Hair Plume, Leather sweatband & Link Chin Strap. It has a brass skull with brass fittings, leather backed link chin strap, brass top spike with red horse hair plume. It has Tudor rose boss devices to each side to support the leather backed brass link chin. It has a very ornate original helmet plate featuring white metal beaded star with central brass wreath bearing Royal Latin motto and large number ‘1’ on an enamel field of black. It has its original leather sweatband with cord which is intact. It is approx UK size 7. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13751
£0.00

French M1822 Brass Firemans Helmet With Red Mounted Combe and Liner. HE 863 - HE 863
A French M1822 brass Fireman's helmet and liner. The fire service in France is known as Sapeurs-Pompiers. Sapeur means "sapper" and refers to the 1st official fire fighting unit created by Napoleon I which was part of the military engineering arm. Pompier (fire fighter) etymologically comes from the concept of pumping (water) and refers to the manual pumps that were originally used. This brass helmet is in excellent condition and is complete with the very ornate hand worked leather and brass broad chin strap, leather liner and thick leather sweat band. It is badged on the front, see the close up inset. The brass combe on the top is secured with 5 dome headed brass nuts and bolts. The brass peak and neck flap are both edged in folded brass. It is in very good condition, and is ornately worked with a display of leaves and berries. The combe is topped with a red dyed combe which runs from the back to the front. The leather chin strap is secured with two 2 1/4" rotating rosettes, one either side and is covered in a brass cover either side with very ornate design. The inside has a brown leather liner and drawstring and a metal inner liner. This is a very striking French M1822 Fireman's Brass helmet, in excellent condition and complete. The price includes UK delivery. HE 863
£1,500.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD VERY RARE, SUPERB, ORIGINAL, C1817 British Household Cavalry 'Life Guards' Silvered Metal Helmet With Bearskin Mounted Combe, Helmet Plate & Link Chin Strap With 1821 Pattern Life Guards Cuirass Breast & Back Armour ON STAND. - 13743
The British Household Cavalry consists of The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals. They are the oldest and most senior Regiments in the British Army. This is a superb C1817 British Household Cavalry 'Life Guards' Helmet (an identical helmet is featured on the title page of the book ‘Military Headdress’ by Rankin). It has a silvered metal skull with gilt fittings, leather backed link chin strap & combe with bear skin crest (the fur of the bearskin is delicate and great car should be taken when dusting to prevent malting). Gilt leaves decorate the back and sides of the skull. Lion’s head bosses each side support the leather backed ornate plate link chin straps with buckle. It has a very ornate original ‘sun ray’ helmet plate with heraldic Royal arms and battle honours ‘Waterloo & Peninsula’. It has a leather sweatband which is clean & intact. This helmet is as found and uncleaned, professionally cleaned it would look even more spectacular. In the early 19th Century, the Lifeguards were equipped with chest and back armour known by the French term ‘ cuirass’ (cuirasse). 1821 Pattern Life Guards Cuirass ( Armour ) were issued to the Life Guards for the coronation of King George IV in 1821, this pattern of cuirass has remained unchanged for over 180 years and is worn by the Life Guards today. While 1821 was the date for the official introduction of the cuirass to the Life Guards there was a brief use of cuirasses during the Napoleonic Wars. In 1814 the 2nd Life Guards wore cuirasses when they were reviewed by the Prince Regent, with the King of Prussia and the Emperor of Russia in attendance. It has been suggested this was the same pattern but evidence is inconclusive. The helmet is accompanied by the original 1821 pattern armour with which it was found. Made of thick steel with padded leather lining the curved breast plate and back armour is linked by a bullion leather strap with buckle and ornate link plate shoulder straps which fit to lugs on the breast plate. The edges of the armour have the correct large brass studs. The armour is 19” tall (to the shoulder) and it fits approx 40” chest (over a jacket as it would have been worn). The armour is curved with vertical ridge to provide strength and has a flared waist. The armour has no damage or dents and just staining consistent with age. There are no visible manufacturer, date or Regiment marks on either the helmet or armour. This Lifeguards helmet and armour piece is accompanied by the wooden display stand on which it was found. Price for this impressive piece includes UK delivery. Sn 13743
£0.00

WW2 Era Nazi German DAK Africa Corps (Deutsches Afrikakorps) Double Decal Tropical Helmet. Sn 13675 - 13675
This is an excellent, original WW2 era Nazi German DAK Africa Corps (Deutsches Afrikakorps) Double Decal Tropical Helmet as used by DAK troops in the Africa & Italy campaigns. One side of the helmet is mounted with its original metal shield badge with enamelled German National colours. The other side has the Nazi Army DAK metal shield badge with silver coloured ‘Eagle with Swastika’ on a black enamel background . The helmet is complete with clean leather sweatband and leather chinstrap. The liner is impressed with a crisp manufacturer’s triangular cartouche (illustrated). The helmet is clean and undamaged with just light areas of wear to the brim edge consistent with age and service use.. The crown of the helmet has the correct brass vent. It is approx. UK size 7 1/2. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13675
£595.00

WW1 Belgian Fireman's Steel Helmet With Bronzed Badge, Liner and Chin Strap. Sn 13637 - 13637
This is a WW1 Belgian Fireman's Steel helmet, complete with bronzed badge to the front, leather liner and leather chin strap. It has a steel comb to the top which is secured with four dome headed rivets. The edge has a folded seam. To the front it has a Belgian Fire Service bronzed badge. Inside the helmet is has a black leather liner with brass eyelets, a drawer string and leather chin strap. The chin strap is secured on one side but the metal wire loop is missing from the other side. This is a complete helmet in very good undamaged condition. The outside is free of dents. The helmet retains about 98% of the original paint on the outside. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13637u
£225.00

Victorian New South Wales, Australia, Brass Firemans Merryweather Helmet and Liner. Sn 13523 - 13523
A Victorian New South Wales, Australian brass Fireman's Merryweather helmet and liner. Merryweather helmets were used by British fire brigades from the Victorian era until well into the 20th century. These helmets were modelled on the helmets of the Sapeurs-pompiers which Captain Sir Eyre Massey Shaw had seen on a visit to Paris and introduced to the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in London in 1868, replacing a black leather helmet. The design was widely copied by other British and British Empire fire services. These helmets were made of brass, but those belonging to officers were silver plated. Metal helmets are conductive, a safety hazard as use of electricity became widespread, so a new helmet made from a composite of cork and rubber was introduced in London and elsewhere from 1936. However, during World War II, military-style steel helmets were adopted, similar to the Brodie helmet used by the British Army, to improve protection during air raids. A composite helmet was reintroduced after the end of the war. Traditional brass helmets remained in service in Queensland, Australia until 1970. This brass helmet is in excellent condition and is complete with the leather and brass chin strap, leather liner and thick leather sweat band. It is badged on the front to "N.S.W. F.B." (New South Wales Fire Brigade). The combe on the top is secured with 9 dome headed brass nuts and bolts. It is also soldered to the helmet rim at the back. The peak and neck flap are both edged in brass. It is in very good condition, showing only normal use marks, The chin strap is secured with two rotating rosettes, one either side. This is a excellent example of the brass Merryweather helmet. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13523
£745.00

Original WW1 British MK II 1918 Pattern Brodie Trench Helmet Stamped ‘S132’, Brodie Ink Stamped Liner & Leather Chin Strap. Sn 13501 - 13501
An original WW1 MK II 1918 Pattern British Brodie Steel helmet complete with original liner, padding and leather chinstrap. It has its original rough textured olive sand finish & no dents. It has it' small central copper rivet at the crown and chinstrap bales attached with correct split pins. It is fitted with its original black oilcloth liner with a partially visible red ink 'Brodie' manufacturer's stamp. The rim of the helmet is stamped 'S 132' (all illustrated). It has its original brown leather chinstrap and buckle. The helmet is approx. UK size 7. Price for this increasingly hard to find WW1 helmet includes UK delivery. Sn 13501
£395.00

Original, WW1 German M16 'Coal Scuttle' Combat Helmet Marked ‘BF64’ With Original Paint, Soft Field Liner & Original Chin Strap. Sn 13478:7 - 13478:7
This is an original WW1 German M16 Combat helmet. It has its original dark green paint, no dents and all rivets are present. It has its original chin strap bales, padded leather headband and soft liner to allow wearing of the German army soft ‘feldmutz’ field cap underneath the helmet. Its leather chinstrap with buckles is original and intact. The inner rim is manufacturer/ batch/ size marked ‘BF64’. It is approx UK size 7 ½. Price for this complete WW1 combat helmet includes UK delivery. Sn 13478:7
£475.00

WW2 British Home Front, Bakelite Munition’s Workers 'Tommy Helmet' With Liner & Chin Strap. Sn 13469 - 13469
This is an excellent original WW2 'Tommy' helmet made of bakelite for Home front Munitions factory workers as opposed to the usual steel manufacture to prevent the potential for creating sparks thereby igniting munitions and causing explosions. The brown flecked bakelite shell is undamaged. It is approx UK size 7 ½. It has its original black oil cloth liner with padded crown and later webbing chin strap. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13469
£225.00

SUPERB, Post 1952 British Queen Elizabeth II Household Cavalry 'Life Guards' Troopers Helmet With White Horse Hair Plume, Liner & Link Chin Strap. Sn 13460 - 13460
The British Household Cavalry consists of The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals. They are the oldest and most senior Regiments in the British Army. The Commander in Chief of The Household Cavalry is her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This is a superb, Post 1952 British Household Cavalry 'Life Guards' Troopers Helmet With White Horse Hair Plume, Liner & Link Chin Strap. It has a nickel plated skull with brass fittings, leather backed link chin strap, nickel and brass brass top spike with white horse hair plume surmounted by a brass Tudor rose boss. Further Tudor rose devices to each side support the leather backed brass link chin. It has a very ornate original helmet plate resting in a wreath of half laurel and half oak, Queen Elizabeth II crowned collar of the Order of the Garter. Mounted to the centre, a white metal Garter Star bearing a brass Garter with central Cross of St George. It has its original chamois leather liner which is clean & intact. This helmet is as found and uncleaned, professionally cleaned it would look even more spectacular. It is approx UK size 6. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13460
£950.00
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