BRITISH 17TH LANCERS ENLISTED RANKS LANCE CAP.
A good clean example of a Victorian crowned 17th Lancers chapska. The skull in excellent undamaged, slightly crazed overall to the finish of the body. Complete with its undamaged white mortarboard top, some mild cracking to the edge of the mortarboard top. The white ribbed sides only showing very minor moth nips. The blue and yellow lace that surrounds the base of the mortarboard sides has faded and matches exactly the faded wool of the yellow and blue pompom, which has its correct skull and crossbones regimental button inset. The helmet is complete with its correct enlisted ranks plume holder and white horsehair plume, which is full length. The helmet is complete with its correct front plate, skull and crossbones below the Royal Coat of Arms with battle honours, which include Central India, South Africa 1879, Sebastopol, Balaklava, Inkerman, Alma. Also with its lion’s head side bosses and full length chin chain. To the interior the helmet is with its correct oilskin and leather lining with an original brown leather insert in the forehead area. To the upper inner mortarboard the leather is stamped with WD mark ‘1902’ with the stamp ‘3 Years’ indicating that the helmet still had three years service left. Out of the 6 regiments of Lancers in the British Army the 17th is the hardest and most desirable to obtain. The motto ‘DEATH OR GLORY’ below the skull and crossbones on the plate.