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    Blue cloths

    Patrick, checking the DRs for 1883, 1891 and 1894 I find Rifle-Green specified for Rifle regiments including the KRRC - I forget when they changed to the lambskin busby but that is specified in the 1900 DRs. I have seen Rifle-Green described as nearly black but certainly the KRRC you sold me is...
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    Blue cloths

    Patrick, Rifle regiments wore the helmet covered with Rifle-Green which was almost black. Rifle Volunteers wore the grey covering. Stuart
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    Not Exactly Pickelhaubes. British Grenadier Mitre Caps ?

    I would say that the Bearskin mitre cap would fetch GBP6,000+ as they are very rare indeed and a bandsman's more so. Stuart
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    Not Exactly Pickelhaubes. British Grenadier Mitre Caps ?

    I figured that the "T"would be wrapped inside the cap. What you seem to have is leather rot to the edge binding which someone has tried to remedy by covering it up and in the process ruining the cap. However, as it stands, I don't think it is authentic and whilst I don't know about...
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    Not Exactly Pickelhaubes. British Grenadier Mitre Caps ?

    Having looked at the cloth cap again I have the following observations to make, although information is somewhat sketchy and sometimes contradictory, but this latter may be due to different periods in which the cap was used. 1. The garter containing the Royal Cipher is wrong. The portion of the...
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    Not Exactly Pickelhaubes. British Grenadier Mitre Caps ?

    The bearskin mitre cap was officially authorised for Grenadier and Fusilier companies by the Warrant of 1768. On the front was to be the King's crest, of silver plated metal, on a black background and with the motto "Nec Aspera Terrent." The bearskin cap shown is to the Grenadier company of the...
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    Attributable RN Wolseley?

    Hi Chas, I have seen a variation of the Union Flag stamp in an RN Wolseley, in fact Peter has it. Does the headband have a stamp giving the patent details? I have just authorised the printing of a book on the Wolseley helmet (www.militarysunhelmets.com). Yes, another blatant plug! Your helmet...
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    Not a pickelhaube but what an ebay find!

    Not to get too serious about this as there a valid points to be made on either side. But I have made my stance clear. I twigged that it was the jockey style, Tarleton, Light Dragoons etc. and it's a pity I did not enter the discussion earlier. I don't post on pickelhaube or any forums much...
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    Not a pickelhaube but what an ebay find!

    Mini, you state that your helmet is 1790-1793 and predates the Tarleton Helmet. However, Banastre Tarleton is shown in Joshua Reynold's portrait of 1783 wearing this style of helmet. The British Light Dragoons started to adopt the Tarleton Helmet after the American War and it was officially...
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    Canadian Armoury Fire

    We do not have Regimental Museums here in OZ but I have visited a few in London and corresponded with others. When I next go to the UK I plan to visit some county Regimental Museums. They are a tremendous repository of history and the loss of this one cannot be overstated. We all, in our own...
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    Cawnpores and Bombay Bowlers

    Hi Mark, my contact at the Tank Museum in Bovington, UK, told me that the colours changed from brown/red/green to red/yellow when the RAC was formed in 1939. Looks like the Canadian Corps followed post-war as you say. Stuart
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    Cawnpores and Bombay Bowlers

    Robert, this helmet is in the style of the Classic Colonial Pattern helmet of the Victorian era (actually officially replaced by the Wolseley Pattern in 1904). However, this one has no ventilation around the headband which is an indicator that it is most likely a theatrical prop. Check out...
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    Cawnpores and Bombay Bowlers

    I should have said that Cawnpore Tent Club helmets were around in India from before 1874 as there are photos of Edward, Prince of Wales, wearing one on his visit in 1874/5. His attendants are also wearing them. They seem to have been very popular in the late '90s and early 1900s and lasted...
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    Cawnpores and Bombay Bowlers

    Interesting I didn't get any email notification of the last 2 posts! Maybe they are still in the post. :) My contact at the Royal Tank Museum told me that the colours of red/yellow were adopted by the Royal Armoured Corps on its formation in 1939. The official motto of the RAC is 'Fear...
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    Cawnpores and Bombay Bowlers

    I was queried about the red/green flash not being red/yellow which are the colours for the Royal Armoured Corps. Well the RAC was formed in 1939 from the Royal Tank Corps/Royal Tank regiment and all other mounted units. This helmet is dated 1927. The RTC/RTR flash colours were brown/green/red...
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