This helmet is a sad story that I keep as a reminder of
getting taken by a dealer in my early days of
collecting. I was in a huge hurry to get helmets
and I so wanted one with a plume. Well I got one.
Problems with this helmet have haunted me for years and
I refuse to "trick" someone else into buying
something not right. There is no gilt on the front of
the plate any more, the plume has a list and the original color was wrong.
1871 type corpus with a private purchase square tipped
liner. The metal on the helmet is all silver except the
chin scales and rosettes. The chinscales are convex, the
spike base is cruciform, the corners of the front visor
are angled. There are the two OR type "dragoon
lugs" on the back spine.
The spike base is sort of bent or angled slightly. The trichter
is tube like and has an original horse hair plume and OR cockades.
The metal has been seriously over polished with an abrasive
cleaner that can still be detected. The plume is original and now in the corect color. The square tipped leather liner is indicative of private purchase helmets before the cloth liners came in.