The Princess Charlotte of Wales’s Dragoon Guards Collection
A scarce example of a 5th or Princess Charlotte of Wales’s Dragoon Guards Victorian Officers uniform and 1871 pattern officers gilt metal helmet.
The group consists of an officers 1871 pattern officer gilt metal helmet. The skull ornamented with a band of laurel leaves to the front. Above this sits a silver twelve pointed ( white metal ) "hobnail" star to the correct regimental pattern upon which rests a giilt oval title strap bearing "PCW Dragooon Guards" and surmounted in the centre with an Arabic number 5. The gilt spike supports a white over red horse hair plume with a rose boss. To each side are rose pattern ear bosses which serve to secure the leather lined chin chain to the helmet. The interior retains its leather and silk liner although with losses.
The full dress 1880 pattern scarlet melton tunic with dark green velvet facings to the collar and cuffs is ranked to a Lieutenant and has eight gilt brass buttons down the front depicting a strap with the regimental motto “Vestigia nulla retrorsum” ( We do not retreat ) within a six pointed star with 5DG in the centre. The cuffs are ornamented with gold cord and Russia tracings in what is known as a single Austrian knot design. The tunic is very fresh but does have some surface moth tracings to the front lower tunic skirts and a small moth hole in the centre of the back which would be covered by the pouch belt when shown on display. There are also some isolated staining spots which we have not attempted to remove at this stage.
Also included is an Officers regulation gold lace waist belt with dark green velvet edging on a red morocco leather with a gilt buckle displaying an entwined silver VR cipher flanked by a laurel and oak leaf wreath and a corrct pair of regulation gold lace sword sliings attached to a webbing belt for wearing under the tunic.
Overrall in very good condition, some light surface moth damge to the tunic skirt at the front, ther belts are lined with dark green velvet which is worn in places but does not detract from the appearance of the uniform.