~ British Bell Top 1828 Pattern (1828-36) General Officers Shako ~
The body of the bell top shako is made of black felt like wool with a black patent dimpled top, front peak and 'V' shaped reinforcement on the sides and decorated with the officers golden braid around the top rim with a black silk cockade pinned by a brass button to the fore.
The frontal plate is of a standard elongated gilt brass star pattern with mounted garter inscribed with the royal cipher beneath the Queens crown.
The gilt chin scales are backed with thick black leather and supported by rose shaped side bosses.
The helmet comes with its black horse hair plume with gilt brass support and ring.
The peak and its lower rim are made of leather with a buckle to the rear.
The sweatband is made of reddish brown leather and its lining of white leather. The inner part of the skull is of red wool.
This is an 1828 pattern example in use from 1828 to 1836, after which the plume was replaced with a pompom.
~ Dimensions ~
The helmet is 8.7 inches (22 cm) tall (without the plume) and has a lower end diameter of 7.5 inches (19 cm).
It weighs 990 g.
~ Condition ~
The shako is in glorious condition for its age.
The leather has become crackled to the top but its overall condition is excellent.
The gilt components retain most of their bright appearance and are in good shape.
The chin scales have lost some of their gild but they still look very good. They are complete.
The badge is in good order.
The sweat band and lining have the expected signs of wear but they are in very good condition without tears.
This museum level piece displays well.
British Bell Top 1828 Pattern (1828-36) General Officers Shako