The Princess Royal’s Dragoon Guards Collection

A rare example of an almost complete 7th or Princess Royal’s Dragoon Guards Victorian Officers uniform and headdress.

The group comprises a Victorian Officers 1871 pattern helmet, the gilt skull ornamented with a band of gilt laurel leaves to the front. Above this sits a silver (white metal ) “hobnail” star to correct regimental pattern upon which rests an oval silver title strap “The Princess Royal’s Dragoon Guards”. To the centre an entwined VR cipher. The gilt spike supports a black over white horse hair plume with a rose pattern boss. To each side are rose pattern ear bosses which secure the leather lined chin chain to the helmet. The interior retains part of its silk padded liner and the undersides of the front and rear peaks are also lined in leather.

The Officers full dress 1880 pattern scarlet melton tunic with dark blue velvet facings to the collar and cuffs is ranked for a field officer and has eight gilt brass buttons down the front depicting a crown over PRDG. The collar is edged with the correct pattern regimental lace and has a gold embroidered rampant lion extending from a crown on each side under which the latin motto “ Quo fata vocant” is shown ( whither the fates lead ). The cuffs are ornamented with gold cord and Russia tracings in what is known as a triple Austrian knot design. The tunic is in very fresh condition with minor loss of velvet to the edges of the collar and cuffs not affecting appearance. No surface moth or holes are visible on either the front or back of the tunic.

Also included is an Officers regulation gold lace shoulder belt mounted on black leather with a black velvet edging. In addition a pair of regimental lace sword slings are attached to a webbing belt which is worn under the tunic.

A rare opportunity to acquire an almost complete Victorian field rank Officers helmet and uniform to the 7th or Princess Royal’s Dragoon Guards.