Victorian Cavalry Officer’s Pattern, Fife and Forfar Light Horse Helmet.
A very fine and scarce 1871 pattern Fife and Forfar light horse helmet. A silver gilt metal helmet with silvered edging and fittings including the plume-socket and crosspiece base. With a laurel wreath above the front peak divided by a scroll with the regimental motto ‘Pro Aris et Focis’ (For God and Country) and the initials ‘FLH’ in gilt, above this there is a four pointed faceted star with the top point displaced by a Victoria crown, to the centre of the star lies the saltire arms in gilt this in turn is mounted by the Thane of Fife figure in white metal. The helmet is fitted with a leather backed plain burnished white metal chin chain. The interior of the helmet is fitted with an eight-tongue lining of tan roan leather which is in very good condition. The leather remains nice and supple. The helmet is finished off with a white horsehair plume with a gilt rose finial and a half-ball socket. A truly fine example of this now scarce Fife and Forfar Light Horse helmet.
NB: This pattern of Fife and Forfar light horse helmet was approved by the regiment in 1896.
The Fife Mounted Rifle Volunteer Corps: was proposed by James Earl of Rosslyn in March 1860. and after some months of organisation by Captain Anstruther Thomson was officially recognised on the 7th June 1860. The Corps was made up of 4 troops with the headquarters of the Brigade at Cupar. In 1870. the designation of the regiment was changed to the Fife Light Horse. Fife and Forfar light horse helmet.
Good Condition. the external of this Fife and Forfar light horse helmet has a few small light ding’s, mainly behind the plume so they are not seen. The chin chain has been fitted with a new leather backing at some time.