1st or Kings Dragoon Guards 1843-47 Pattern Helmet
A 1st or Kings Dragoon Guards 1843-47 Pattern Officer’s Helmet comprising a gilt skull retaining virtually all its rich fire gilt with an ornate laurel leaf comb that supports its original horse hair mane and brush.
The front plate bears the Royal Arms of Queen Victoria within a garter strap with the motto HONI SOIT QUE MALY PENSE flanked on either side by a rampant Lion and Unicorn on top of a ribbon scroll DIEU ET MON DROIT and the solitary battle honor for Waterloo, all resting on a gilt rayed back plate.
At the waist of the helmet plate is a strap that encircles the helmet and states 1st or Kings Dragoon Guards at the front and an ornate leaf design at the back. On either side of the helmet are large rose pattern ear bosses that support the gilt metal chin scales, correctly articulated at the first scale and diminishing in size, backed onto leather and black silk velvet, all original to the helmet.
The interior of the helmet retains its original leather head band that would have supported a soft leather and crimson silk head liner. Both peaks retain their original skiver leather liners. Given its age the helmet is in very good condition with just one minor split and ding just below the comb on its right hand side. Expected wear to the gilt on the high points of the helmet plate etc which do not detract from the appearance of this superb helmet. This particular helmet has been in my private collection for over fifteen years.