~ Edwardian York and Lancaster Regiment Officer’s Spiked Black Cloth Helmet ~
An 1878 pattern black cloth home service helmet to the York and Lancaster Regiment of black melton cloth complete with gilt metal cross piece, spike and rose pattern ear bosses that support a velvet backed gilt chin chain.
It also has a gilt metal spine running down the rear of the helmet and a gilt metal trim around the front peak.
The interior has a brown leather sweatband burgundy color lining and green leather under the visors.
To the front, a gilt metal helmet plate, to the centre the regimental badge on a field of black velvet. Below the silver scroll is inscribed “The York and Lancaster Regiment”.
~ The York and Lancaster Regiment ~
An infantry regiment of the British Army formed on 1 July 1881 through the amalgamation of two regiments of foot and a militia regiment:
-65th (2nd Yorkshire North Riding) Regiment
-84th (York and Lancaster) Regiment
-3rd West York Light Infantry Militia (two battalions).
~ Dimensions ~
The helmet is 8 inches (20 cm) tall (without the spike) and 11 inches (28.5 cm) tall (with the spike). It has a depth of 10.5 inches (27 cm), a width of 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) & weighs 490 g.
~ Condition ~
The cloth has one moth hole near the cross piece. Overall, this piece is in generally good condition for its age with the exception of the lining, though not visible when displayed and loss to the green leather of the rear visor.