Victorian Officer’s Home Service Pattern, 1st Brecknockshire Rifle Volunteers Blue Cloth Helmet.
A scarce example of a 1st Brecknockshire rifle volunteers blue cloth helmet. The dark blue four panelled Melton cloth covered skull is complete with all its white metal fittings, of spike and cruciform, rose head bosses which are supporting a fine black velvet backed chin chain. To the front is a fine officer’s helmet plate of an eight pointed star, the uppermost point displaced by a Victoria Crown. The centre with laurel overlays and within a strap bearing 1st Brecknockshire R.V is the Price of Wales plume and motto scroll, all this on a black velvet ground. Complete with buff leather sweatband and attached brown silk lining.
1st Brecknockshire Rifle Volunteers: can trace it’s roots back to the first corps in Monmouthshire which was raised on the 9th of September 1859. By 1880 the various small corps in the county had been consolidated into three battalion-sized units, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Monmouthshire Rifle Volunteer Corps. In the following year the Childers reforms of line infantry saw the three Monmouthshire corps becoming volunteer battalions of the regular South Wales Borderers. In 1885 they were re-designated as the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Volunteer Battalions, South Wales Borderers, the 1st Volunteer Battalion being formed at the same time from the 1st Brecknockshire Rifle Volunteers.
Good Condition. this 1st Brecknockshire Rifle Volunteers Blue Cloth Helmet has a small hole under the right rose boss hook “see last image”.