A Royal Horse Guard Officer’s Cuirasse and 1822 Pattern helmet circa 1830
A very rare example of a late Georgian officer’s cuirasse and 1822 pattern household cavalry helmet and other items of accroutrements to the Royal Horse Guards.
The silver plated helmet conforms to regulation pattern and has a plain silver plated crest that extends from the top of the skull and supports a replacement bearskin comb. The front and rear peaks are edged with brass (formerly gilded). To the sides are sprays of laurel leaf decoration in gilt and the gilt brass helmet plate consist of a rayed back plate onto which is attached a half oval plate bearing the Hannovarian coat of arms, the motto’s “Dieu et mon droit” and “Ich dien” on flowing ribbons and the battle honours Waterloo and Peninsula. The chin scales are circa 1830 and are mounted on leather. The interior retains part of its original leather liner.
The set further consists of a silver (white metal ) officer’s cuirasse with brass edging detail. The brass straps terminate with massive lion head devices on brass back plates in accordance with dress regulations. The cuirasse straps retain the scalloped brass scales and attach to the front plate via brass studs. At the bottom of the cuirasse is a brass hook at the front to hold the back plate in position. The cuirasse no longer has any leather lining and its small size, shape and construction indicate that it is of the period.
Also included are a pair of extremely rare Royal Horse Guards gilt epaulettes with massive boxed bullion fringes and embroidery conforming to dress regulations. The epaulettes are lined with dark blue melton cloth and would be attached via laces to the coatee. In the crescent of each epaulette are massive scallop shell design embroidery. An early pattern gold cord aigulette attaches to the right shoulder and an extremely rare shoulder belt in correct pattern lace on black leather backing completes the set.
The Waterloo medal is added for additional effect and is not included in this sale but maybe purchased by separate negotiation as the medal is named to a Quartermaster in the Royal Horse Guards.
A rare opportunity to acquire a visually stunning example of a Georgian household cavalry officer’s cuirasse and Roman pattern helmet.