A Waterloo Period 32nd Foot Officers Uniform and Belgic Shako
The group comprises a Belgic shako complete with its gold and crimson plaited festoon, a black rosette supporting a regimental button and a universal pattern GR helmet plate. The cap is made from very fine high quality felt which has been bonded to a rigid base material to form the overall shape of the cap. The cap has a soft pile which is virtually impossible to replicate today as this quality of felt is no longer produced. Whilst in good condition the cap does show signs of wear. The rear of the crown has a split which has allowed the felt to come away from the backing material. There is also a small wear point on the crown of the cap neither of which detract from the overall appearance of a very rare cap. The interior is complete with a leather sweat band and the cap is lined in crimson waxed cotton. A stout leather peak extends fowards from the cap. The belgic or so called “Waterloo” shako was never fitted with chin scales or a leather strap.