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A most magnificent condition Chapska from the rarest of all of the line regiments of lancers of the British Army in the Victorian and early Edwardian period. The helmet was unique in its colours, the mortarboard top in light blue with two moth nips to the flat mortarboard top. All of the gilt lace and cording to the helmet is superb, two very tiny grazes to the black lacquered finish on the rabbit fur skull. The gilding of the huge size officers double constructed front plate with King’s Crown is magnificent. Complete with its correct gold bullion pompom, correct chin chain. One small area of darkness to the gilt on the lacework to the peak. Original velvet backing to the chin chain. Both of the lion’s head bosses to either side of the helmet perfect. To the interior the mid tan leather liner all intact showing evidence of wear use with its original interior red silk, which is gold blocked to the upper inner crown area ‘Sandilands & Company 12 Conduit Street, London’ and finally complete with its officers plume holder and white full dress swan feather plume. The regiment originally raised in Bengal in 1858 as the 3rd Bengal European Light Cavalry and then moved to the British Army in 1862 where it was designated as a Hussar Regiment. In 1897 it was re-designated as a Lancer Regiment becoming the last of the line regiments to be formed. It has one Battle Honour of Khartoum and within that Sudan Mahdist war it was the only British Cavalry Unit involved, it was there that the full regiment charged with lances in the classic cavalry style during the Battle of Omdurman in September 1898. Of less than 400 men involved in the charge 70 were killed and wounded, the regiment was awarded 3 Victoria Crosses. Winston Churchill then an officer of the 4th Hussars rode with the unit in the charge carrying his recently obtained 1896 model Mauser automatic pistol.
A most fabulous example of an English Naval Georgian dirk, beautiful curvature to the blade and scabbard, overall length of the blade is 34.5cm, overall length of dirk 48cm. The non maker marked blade has virtually all of its original blued and gilt decoration remaining. It is extremely rare to find dirks of this age with such good blueing remaining. Quite often one looks at excellent exterior looking dirks but when opening the dirk the blade is extremely poor. This example is superb. The heavily decorated scabbard is without any indentations and retaining at least 95% of its original gilt finish, both of its hanging rings, the decoration to the scabbard includes floriated patterns, the Union flag within a circlet, stand of flags and drums, the hilt matching with its most superb carved ivory undamaged hilt, with its original chain. One tiny section at the very throat of the scabbard missing measuring no more than 4mm x 3mm. The upside of the S shaped cross guard having acorn finials, the upper back strap of the grip pommel again with deep floriated design.
Out of all the British Regular Line Lancer Regiments headdress, the 5th Royal Irish is the second most difficult to obtain after the 17th Lancers. This is a very fine example of an officers helmet, King's crown, the period being from 1902 to 1910, it is all complete with its correct fittings. The red mortarboard top just has one moth nip to the ribbed sides and 1 tiny nip to the flat top, apart from that the cloth top is completely moth free. The bullion lacework to the whole helmet is good and bright. The form of the mortarboard top is totally original. Complete with its correct large double constructed 5th Royal Irish officers lance plate with all of their Battle Honours up until 1885. The helmet has its correct ER VII ( Edward 7 th )scroll to the front of the pompom, with its correct officers plume holder and green swan feather plume. The chin chain is full length, with its original velvet backing and is finished off with the set of gilt bullion cap lines. To the front peak some strands to the bullion decoration are slightly shredded. the interior grained tan Morocco sweatband is good with good original colour, with evidence of very minor wear use. The purple to red inner silk lining has shot with the exception of a small section to the upper inner crown area with the faint remains of the maker's mark but with a Victorian crown clearly visible. The rabbit skin tanned skull, again good with minor creases. A very fine example of this very desirable helmet.
A most beautiful sabretache of the large size of the William IV period, who reigned from 1830 to 1837 only, this was worn by an officer in the Surrey Yeomanry, The gold leaf excellent, all of the heavy bullion work to the crown is thick and beautifully laid onto a red velvet base. The intertwined William IV scroll work well executed. One moth nip to the red velvet, with its three brass strap attachment rings and its complete message pouch with the remains of an Old Bond Street paper label of the manufacturer 'Moore'. The interior of the message pouch is lined in lightweight brushed cotton, in its extremely rare japanned carrying case with its original paper lining still intact. A fabulous artefact of the William IV period.
A most magnificent and rare regimental officers sword for the 11th Hussars. The full length blade has superb etched decoration, the last third of the blade is plain, the first two-thirds having etched panels with the Fleur- De-lys Victorian Crown, the etched lettering 'Prince Albert's Own Hussars' with the badge of the Sphinx with 'Egypt' below with Battle Honours of Salamanca, Peninsular, Waterloo, Bhurtpore, foliage and Stands of Arms. To the reverse side the identical etching with the addition of the name of the maker 'Andrews No.9 Pall Mall'. The curved blade is absolutely perfect. Constructed in the Mamluke style, the Ivory grip totally undamaged, complete with its original dress gold and red knot. The gilding to the cross guard and the three scabbard fittings excellent. The two centre exposed parts of the scabbard in standard steel finish. The decoration to the three scabbard fittings is immensely deep. The Sphinx with Egypt badge to the centre of both sides of the cross guard. This is a faultless and rare superb sword to one of the most exotic regiments of Hussars of the British Army.
A nice condition helmet plate for the Hertfordshire Rifle Volunteers blue cloth helmet. Standard gilded officers back plate with the Hart of Hertfordshire in a white metal overlay. Both fitting lugs remaining to the reverse side. Some black paint loss to the star.
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