An Officers 1844 55 Albert pattern Shako 7th Royal Fusiliers

A very rare example of an infantry officers Albert pattern shako to the 7th Regiment of Foot or Royal Fusiliers. Manufactured by Wells and Co, Norwich , a tailors label is attached to the crimson silk liner. Black beaver body surmounted by a large regimental flaming grenade device in fire gilt with a blue enamel centre and a white worsted pommel in an ornate socket indicating a fusilier regiment. The crown of the shako is leather with a further half inch band of leather around the bottom of the shako under which is attached the front and rear leather patent peaks. The gilt brass velvet lined chin chain is attached to the sides of the shako by two gilt rose pattern ear bosses.

This example is in near mint condition with virtually no signs of age wear and no evident loss of beaver nap. The sweat band is tan coloured soft leather with an interior of crimson silk. The Albert shako was introduced in 1844 and is largely attributed to Prince Albert who modelled it upon European military dress. This type of shako was standard issue for most line infantry regiments up to and including the Crimean War and as such is often shown in contemporary prints depicting the Eastern Campaign of 1854 to 1856.

The 7th regiment of Foot were deployed to the Crimea as part of the Army of the East 1st Brigade of the Light Division commanded by Lt Gen Sir George Brown. The 7th distinquished themselves at the Alma and in all the regiment won five Victoria Crosses during the Crimean war.