FRENCH 1871 DRAGOON OFFICERS HELMET, CASED.
This is the most magnificent example of a French Dragoon officers helmet a collector could wish to have, the main body is absolutely superb, no creases, dents or problems of any sort. Mint bright nickel plating to the skull. All of the decoration, which includes the Roman comb, front plate, the beautiful chin scales have excellent gilt. The helmet is complete with its long horse hair plume, its interior leather liner is all complete and supple. The green leather to the interior of the front peak and the brown leather to the interior of the rear peak is all complete and again supple. There is minor shrinkage to the rear peak leather. The helmet has been worn, finger marks to both the front and the back interior peaks are obvious. The helmet is with its red short feather plume with its bullion wire plume base. The plume has its own cardboard container and the complete group of the helmet and the plume is fitted into the most magnificent French helmet box, which we have encountered before, French helmets are placed in boxes like no other European helmet. The base of the box is sculptured to the shape of the helmet, lined in a chamois suede material, the upper inner lid is also lined in the same material and padded to protect the helmet. The exterior of the wood box is covered in a leatherette material, which has shredded in places which can be seen from our web images. The box is closed by two latches, which are secured with two turn keys, there is also a brass carrying handle. A superb item.
Code: 68985 Price: 2550.00 GBP