Victorian Officer’s 1878 Home Service Pattern, South Wales Borderers Blue Cloth Helmet.
A nice example of a south Wales borderers blue cloth helmet is of dark blue Melton cloth complete with gilt metal cross piece, spike and rose bosses supporting a black velvet backed chin chain. To the front is a gilt metal helmet plate of the standard 1878 regimental pattern with central blackened metal welsh dragon within a laurel wreath on a field of black velvet. Below is a three part scroll inscribed with ‘The South Wales Borderers’. To the interior is a light beige leather sweatband and crimson silk lining with tailors label of Cater & Co. This south Wales borderers blue cloth helmet is not a rare item but is certainly worthy of being in anyone’s collection.
South Wales Borderers: was a line infantry regiment of the British Army. It first came into existence, as the 24th Regiment of Foot, in 1689. but was not called the South Wales Borderers until 1881. after the Childers Reforms. The regiment served in a great many conflicts including the American Revolutionary War, various conflicts in India, the Zulu War, Boer War, and World War One and Two. In 1969. the regiment was amalgamated with the Welch Regiment to form the Royal Regiment of Wales, which later amalgamated with the Royal Welch Fusiliers into the Royal Welsh. As its name suggests, the regiment recruited primarily from South Wales. The regiment was formed as Sir Edward Dering’s Regiment of Foot in 1689. becoming known, like other regiments, by the names of its subsequent colonels. It became the 24th Regiment of Foot in 1751. having been deemed 24th in the infantry order of precedence since 1747. In 1782 it became the 24th (The 2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot. South Wales borderers blue cloth helmet.
Good Condition. there are some light marks to the rear of this south Wales borderers blue cloth helmet and a small hole underneath the helmet band. the black velvet on the chin chain has been replaced at some point.