~ Herefordshire 36th Regiment Of Foot Bell Top General Officers 1822/29 Pattern Bell Top Shako ~
The body of the bell top shako is made of black beaver with a black patent dimpled khiver top and decorated with the officers golden braid around the top rim and golden bullion cord hanging on the front.
The frontal plate is of a standard elongated gilt brass star pattern with the mounted Herefordshire regimental badge of git brass on white metal beneath the Queens crown.
The gilt chin scales are backed with padded soft black leather and supported by rose bosses with embossed lion above the Queen’s Crown.
The peak and its lower rim are made of leather.
The sweatband is made of brown leather and its lining of brown silk.
~ Dimensions ~
The helmet is 9 inches (23 cm) tall and has a lower end diameter of 7.2 inches (18.5 cm). Its top diameter is 11.2 inches (28.5 cm).
It weighs 900 g.
~ Condition ~
The shako is in glorious condition for its age.
The leather has become slightly crackled to the top and peak but its overall condition is excellent. There is no moth damage to the beaver.
The gilt components retain 95% of their bright appearance and are in good shape.
The chin scales have lost some of their gild but they still look very good and the leather lining is soft. They are complete.
The badge is in good order.
The sweat band and lining have minor signs of wear but they are undamaged and without tears.
This museum level piece displays well.
It should have a feather plume but this is absent.
~ 36th (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot ~
This was an infantry regiment of the British Army, formed in 1701 and amalgamated into The Worcestershire Regiment in 1881. Its lineage is continued today by the Mercian Regiment.
Herefordshire 36th Regiment General Officers 1822/29 Pattern Bell Top Shako