~ Pre 1855 Albert Pattern Officers Shako 54th West Norfolk Regt Of Foot ~
Here we have an absolutely incredible find, an Albert Pattern Shako manufactured in the mid 19th century.
This pattern Shako, named after Prince Albert who was known for getting involved in changing the uniforms of the British army. The shako was not well received and was actively discarded in favour of forage caps or undress caps in the Crimean Conflict.
The shako is leather and beaver over a card frame. The helmet plate is gilt brass and the chinstrap is brass scales over leather.
This would have been worn by an officer in the British army at one of the most active parts of British Military history with the army spread across the empire fighting in almost constant conflict.
Overall an incredible piece of British Military history is brilliant condition for over a century of age.
~ 54th Regiment of Foot ~
On deployment to India during the Indian Rebellion about 350 men and five women of the headquarters, 54 Regiment, were aboard SS Sarah Sands, one of the earliest iron, screw type steamers. The ship had been built in 1846 and had previously been chartered by the British government for the Crimean War and was again under charter transporting troops and a large amount of powder and ammunition carried in two magazines, when fire broke out on 11 November 1857. The regiment saw little action during the rebellion and returned to England in 1866 but was re-deployed to India in 1871.
~ Dimensions ~
The shako is 10.5 inches (27 cm) from peak to tail.
The shako is 8 inches (20 cm) wide.
The shako is 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) tall.
The shako weighs 500g.
~ Condition ~
The shako is in good condition for its age.
There is some ageing and wear to the underside of the leather peak and tail
The shako badge retains all of its gilt.
There is a slight tear to the left side of the shako’s peak.