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British Victorian 21st Empress of the India's Lancer Officer Helmet

Model 1898 black patent leather body trimmed with gilt braid, bullion purl thread, ribbed french blue “melton” wool cloth top and gilded metal fixtures. Gilded copper triangular rayed plate surmounted with first pattern silver officer’s plate with crossed lances, the queen’s crown with crowned lion above and Royal Arms below with rose, thistle, and shamrock sprays and 3 small scrolls with "Dieu Et Mon Droit", a center scroll Khartoum, and 2 larger banners with 21st Empress of and India’s Lancers.  Laurel leaf spray to right corner, sheaths of wheat to left corner of plate. Centered at the badge's bottom, the Imperial cipher VIR of Victoria Regina I. A squatter, lower version of earlier patterns, but with the same patterns of braid, visor decoration, bosses, chin chain, and plume socket but a bullion plume rosette with VR on a white velvet center. Interior lining of tan leather sweatband, and crimson silk head liner. White cock feathers rise 6" and fall 14", with small brass ring at top.

The 21st and 17th Lancers were amalgamated in 1922 and today are simply known as the 17th/21st Lancers. 

Condition:

Light tarnish, rubbing of visor purl trim. Normal wear with polish residue on chinchain. Crimson silk liner loose, but present. Super rare unit which due to its short existence is hard to find, especially with this first pattern officer’s plate. 

Starting Price: $1,700
Estimate: $3,500 - $4,500
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