Victorian Officer’s 1878 Green Cloth Home Service Pattern, 3rd Forfarshire Rifle Volunteers Helmet.
An outstanding and exceedingly rare officer’s 3rd Forfarshire Rifle Volunteers Helmet, attributed to Captain Frederick Tosh. The dark green 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 an extraordinary fine officers helmet plate of an eight pointed star, the uppermost point displaced by a Victoria Crown. A title strap ‘Dundee Highlanders 3rd ER.V’ encircles St Andrew and the Cross, against a lush deep black velvet ground. The interior with soft brown leather sweatband and cream silk edging. Contained in it’s original cloth bag and metal storage tin, bearing brass cartouche name plate, engraved ‘F Tosh Esq Dundee Highlanders’. This is a truly superb example of a 3rd Forfarshire Rifle Volunteers Helmet.
Captain Frederick Tosh: was commissioned into the 3rd Forfarshire Rifle Volunteers on the 30th of April 1884. At this time the Volunteers were affiliated to the Black Watch and had adopted the Home Service pattern helmet. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1886. In 1887 the Dundee Highlanders became the 3rd Volunteer Battalion and the Black Watch ceased to wear the home service helmet. Captain Tosh appears to have resigned his commission in 1894. 3rd Forfarshire Rifle Volunteers Helmet.
Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment): was a Scottish line infantry regiment of the British Army in existence from 1881. (as the Royal Highland Regiment (Black Watch)) until 2006. The regiment was created in 1881, as the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), by the amalgamation of the 42nd. (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot and the 73rd (Perthshire) Regiment of Foot. As part of the Scottish Division, it was the senior regiment of the Highland Brigade. The regiment’s name came from the dark tartan that they wore and from its role to “watch” the Highlands. The ‘Black Watch’ was originally just a nickname for the 42nd Regiment of Foot, but was used more and more so that, in 1881, when the 42nd. amalgamated with the 73rd Regiment of Foot, the new regiment was named the ‘Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)’. 3rd Forfarshire Rifle Volunteers Helmet.
Excellent Condition. nearly in mint state. This 3rd Forfarshire Rifle Volunteers Helmet is probably the best one, I think I’ve seen, in fact the images don’t really do it justice.