The 2nd County of London or Westminster Dragoons Uniform Group
An officer’s 1871 pattern helmet and tunic to the 2nd County of London or Westminster Dragoons circa 1910.
A rare opportunity to acquire a headdress and full dress tunic to the Westminster Dragoons, one of the most colourful regiments of the Imperial Yeomanry. The silver plated skull comprises a gilt laurel leaf band around the front above which resides a huge gilt rayed star on which sits a title strap showing 2nd County of London and the latin inscription Honi Soit Qui Maly Pense and in the centre the Arabic numeral no.2.
The gilt spike supports a white horse hair plume with a gilt rose pattern boss. The purple horse hair plume traditionally associated with the regiment was discontinued after about 1910 due to problems associated with the stability of the dye. To each side are rose pattern ear bosses that attach the velvet lined chin chain to the helmet. The interior retains its original dark green leather skiver on both the front and rear peaks and is lined with a cushioned material sweat band topped with silk.
The scarlet melton tunic is faced with purple and has purple edging around the jacket. The collar is faced with gilt lace and has a pair of gilt metal collar badges depicting the Arms of Westminster. On each shoulder are twisted cord epaulettes conforming to regulation pattern and the sleeves are fabulously ornamented with a mixture of purple facing and gold lace decoration in a very elaborate style.
The rear of the jacket has two skirt flashes piped in purple and finished in gold cord with three buttons on each skirt flash and two buttons at the waist seam. The interior lining is now almost totally shot but otherwise externally the tunic is in very good condition with minor surface moth in a few places and one small ( 2mm ) moth hole on the upper right had sleeve which does not detract from the overall appearance of this fabulous and very rare jacket.