6th Dragoon Guards or Carabineers 1847 Pattern Helmet
A 6th Dragoon Guards or Carabineers 1847 “Albert” pattern Victorian Officer’s gilt helmet with ornate laurel leaf plume holder which supports a black horse hair plume with gilt rose boss. Given that the helmet retains its black horse hair plume dates this helmet to the earlier version when all helmets conforming to this pattern wore a black horse hair plume.
To the front, within a gilt metal wreath of laurel and oak leaves, is a crowned rococo shield surmounted by a silvered eight pointed star bearing an oval gilt title strap inscribed “The Carabineers” with a raised entwined VR cipher to the centre.
Both the front and rear peaks are ornamented with acanthus leaf decoration and retain their skiver leather peak linings. Two gilt rose pattern ear bosses support the red morocco leather lined chin chain, the leather is a later period replacement. The interior retains the remains of its original leather liner which is now in a somewhat distressed state but clearly original to this helmet.
Overall this helmet is in good condition with some minor service wear which is to be expected with a helmet 150 years old. The fire gilt remains fresh and I would estimate that 95% of the original gilt remains intact. Helmets of this age have generally suffered over time through excessive cleaning which obviously removed much of the original fire gilt and it is therefore quite rare to find them in this condition. The skull is remarkably free of any dings or dents which is always a rarity to find.