Rare Victorian 1878 Other Ranks Green Cloth Home Service Pattern, 2nd Durham Rifle Volunteer Corps Helmet.
A good example of a 2nd Durham rifle volunteer corps helmet. With black leather binding to the front and rear peaks and blackened metal cross piece, spike and rose bosses supporting a leather backed chin chain. To the front is a crowned Maltese cross helmet plate with lions between the arms. To the centre, within a central circlet inscribed with the regimental name is a strung bugle. The internal sweatband is missing but this is still a good example of a 2nd Durham rifle volunteer corps helmet.
NB: The 2nd Durham Rifle Volunteer Corps Battalion was formed in August of 1861. It was formerly the 2nd Administrative Battalion Durham Rifle Volunteer Corps and had it’s Headquarters at Bishop Auckland.
Durham Light Infantry: the 68th Regiment of Foot and the 106th Regiment of Foot became the Durham Light Infantry in 1881. under the Cardwell and Childers reforms of the British Armed Forces. Seven pre-existent militia and volunteer battalions of County Durham were integrated into the structure of the DLI. Volunteer battalions had been created in reaction to a perceived threat of invasion by France in the late 1850’s. Organised as rifle volunteer corps, independent of the British Army and composed primarily of the middle class. They underwent a number of reorganisations before reaching the form in which they were incorporated into the county regiment. In 1968. the regiment was amalgamated with the Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry, the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry to form The Light Infantry, which again amalgamated in the year 2007. with the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment and the Royal Green Jackets to form a new large regiment. The Rifles, which continues the lineage of the regiment. 2nd Durham rifle volunteer corps helmet.
Good Condition. this 2nd Durham rifle volunteer corps helmet maintains a very good shape. the internal leather sweatband is now missing and there’s a very small amount of light moth tracking but you have to look very close to see it, there is also some cracking to the leather on the rim.