George V 1871 Pattern, 1st Life Guards Cavalry Officers Helmet.
A very fine example of a 1st Life Guards cavalry officers helmet. The skull is of German silver and decorated with a gilt brass laurel and oak leaf design. Gilt rose pattern ear bosses, support a gilt brass leather backed chin chain. To the front is the helmet plate of a half laurel and half oak leaf wreath surrounding the collar of the Order of the Garter and surmounted by a kings crown. Mounted to centre is a cut silver star of the Order of the Garter. The gilt pierced Garter is set onto a blue enamelled ground, to the centre is the Cross of St. George in red enamel. To the top of the helmet is a gilt acanthus leaf holder which supports the white horse hair plume. The interior of the helmet is with officer’s pattern silk lining.
NB: this 1st Life Guards cavalry officers helmet comes with some framed research papers.
The Life Guards: is the senior regiment of the British Army and part of the Household Cavalry. They grew from the four troops of Horse Guards, exclusively formed of gentlemen troopers until the transformation of the last two remaining troops into Regiments of Life Guards in the year of 1788. Raised by Charles II around the time of his restoration, plus two troops of Horse Grenadier Guards “rank and file composed of commoners” which were raised some years later. 1st Life Guards cavalry officers helmet.
Very Good Condition. this 1st Life Guards cavalry officers helmet has a really nice patination to it. There is a small piece of red enamel that has broken away from the cross of St. George and some minor cracking to the underside leather peaks, this has now been treated with clear beeswax.