British Airtube Helmet Indian Mutiny Era

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British Airtube Helmet Indian Mutiny Era

Post by Peter_Suciu » Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:26 am

Here is truly the "holy grail" of items for my collection. This is one of three known examples of the Ellwood and Sons "Airtube" or "Air Chamber" helmets. These were used by British officers of the HonourableEast India Company prior to and during the Indian Mutiny. The pattern fell out of use by the 1870s and were replaced by cork helmets. This example is made of felt and covered in a white clay. The shape is different from the later pith/sun helmets as it featured a Roman-style comb on thetop. This served as the vent - hence why it is called an airtubeor air chamber helmet. However this helmet also evoked theBritish cavalry helmets of the era. When Hawkes & Co. introduced the cork helmets these copied the Albert Pattern (as in Prince Albert) cavalry helmets that featured a plume on top.
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Post by Peter_Suciu » Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:27 am

You can see the helmet to the left is the more classic "Zulu War Era" style helmet. Its shape is based on theAlbert Pattern cavalry helmets. Had Prince Albert not designed that helmet it is likely the Roman style airtubehelmets would have been adopted by the British Army.
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Post by Peter_Suciu » Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:29 am

As the helmet might have looked worn by a British officer.
William Stephen Raikes Hodson, founder of Hodson’s Horse, wearing a crested Ellwood’s helmet c1850s
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Post by Tony without Kaiser » Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:18 pm

One of three known examples?

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Post by Peter_Suciu » Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:29 pm

Thanks Tony! I had to sell my American WWI experimental helmet collection to fund this. I know the helmet isn't exactly pretty, but no one said the Holy Grail would like pretty!

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Post by stuka f » Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:41 am

Thanks for sharing!
First one I see.
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Post by pickelhauben » Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:07 am

Covered in white clay it must be heavy .

One of 3 known is outstanding !!!

Good for you.

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Re: British Airtube Helmet Indian Mutiny Era

Post by Peter_Suciu » Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:46 am

The clay isn't on real thick. Enough to give the felt body some support. The helmet is large however. And you can see it resembles the French and British cavalry helmets of the era. This is still based on the Greeco-Roman designs. I think this would have been the shape of British sun helmets had Prince Albert not designed the Albert Pattern Cavalry Helmet, which the British still basically wear with the Household Cavalry.

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Re: British Airtube Helmet Indian Mutiny Era

Post by aicusv » Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:08 pm

Peter_Suciu wrote:
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:29 pm
I know the helmet isn't exactly pretty, but no one said the Holy Grail would like pretty!
Thankfully there was Prince Albert. :D
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Re: British Airtube Helmet Indian Mutiny Era

Post by aicusv » Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:09 pm

aicusv wrote:
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:08 pm
Peter_Suciu wrote:
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:29 pm
I know the helmet isn't exactly pretty, but no one said the Holy Grail would like pretty!
Thankfully there was Prince Albert.Took a German to show the English how to design a helmet. :D
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