ENGLISH CORPS OF GENTLEMEN AT ARMS HELMET.
One of the most stunning helmets ever created within Great Britain is the highly gilded helmet of the Corps of Gentlemen at Arms. The Gentlemen at Arms was first instituted in 1509 by King Henry VIII to act as a mounted escort, armed with spear and lance to protect the sovereign, his bodyguard accompanied Henry to France in 1513 and took part in many subsequent battles and they last saw service in battle through the English Civil War. The modern Corps of Gentlemen at Arms were re-instituted on the 17th March 1834, their duties today are purely ceremonial, all the members are ex military men and the Corps consists of five officers only and they act on ceremonial occasions as the titular bodyguard to the sovereign. This spectacular example is a Victorian Crowned example, the skull is superb, some slight ripples in the exposed plain areas of which there are very few, the bowl of the helmet is covered in floriated patterns, the front plate is with the Royal Coat of Arms laying on a white metal diamond cut star. The helmet is complete with its long white feather plume, its set of chin scales, the right hand side of the set as the helmet is viewed has two plates from the scales missing. To the interior the leather base to the liner system is all complete, however the silk liner has shot and broken away. The initials ‘I H C-F’ are hand stencil painted to the inner bowl, this could be used as a start for research as to the original wearer of this beautiful piece. One small section of floriated work is missing at the rear of the skull.
Code: 71415 Price: 4250.00 GBP