A 2nd or Queens Dragoon Guards Officers 1822 Pattern Helmet
A scarce 2nd or Queens Dragoon Guards officer’s 1822 or “Roman” pattern helmet with a black japanned skull, rich fire gilt ornamentation and a massive black bearskin crest.
The black japanned skull is in the classic Roman or Minerva pattern and has on each side a laurel leaf spray retaining its original rich fire gilding showing minor wear to high points as one would expect to see with original fire gilding. The rayed front plate and royal arms has on each side the regimental title of “2nd or Queens” and “Dragoon Guards” and again retains its original fire gilt with minor wear to some of the high points.
It should be noted that most of the remaining examples of these helmets tend to be Yeomanry versions which do not have a regimental designation shown on the front plate. In addition it is extremely rare to find this pattern of headdress with virtually all its original fire gilt and this is what sets this example apart from the others.
The chin scales are later gentlemen at arms examples due to the hinged top scale but are wonderfully gilded and are the correct pattern for this particular pattern of headdress. The interior is missing its lining but retains the thick leather band around the skull to which a leather and silk liner would have been sewn. The interior shows signs of ageing and is in the condition one would expect to see for a helmet in excess of 170 years old.
A rare opportunity to acquire a wonderful condition regimentally marked officer`s helmet.