Duke of Lancasterís Own Yeomanry Cavalry Bell top Shako Plate
A Duke of Lancasterís Own Yeomanry Cavalry Officers Bell top Shako plate comprising a rich fire gilt Maltese Cross shako plate with silver hobnail inserts in each of the four arms. In each of the arms the words The Duke of Lancasters Own Yeomanry Cavalry is chased into the bottom of each arm. The upper most arm has a ducal coronet positioned over the hobnail insert. To the center is a roped circular border with a Lancaster rose in the center and the plate is finished with a Georgian crown.
The reverse shows sign of age and has a somewhat crude old repair to the top most arm which has fractured over time but remains attached to the plate. This does not detract from the appearance of the plate and the fracture is virtually invisible to the eye from the obverse.
Raised in June 1828 by special act of the sovereign William IV and granted the title The Duke of Lancasterís Corps of Yeomanry Cavalry in 1834. By tradition the reigning sovereign as the Duke of Lancaster is the Colonel in Chief. The regiment saw service in the Boer war as part of the Imperial Yeomanry.
An outstanding shako plate that is exceedingly rare and possibly unique.