An 1878-1881 pattern blue cloth home service helmet to the 81st [Loyal Lincoln Volunteers] Regiment of dark blue melton cloth complete with gilt metal cross piece, spike and rose pattern ear bosses that support a 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 with the remaining helmet edge trimmed with a narrow band of patent leather. The interior has a leather sweatband and purple silk liner. To the front of the helmet is a gilt eight pointed star plate, the topmost point displaced by a Victorian crown. Mounted on the star is a gilt laurel wreath.Within the laurel wreath is the garter in gilt metal and within that is the regimental number 81 in gilt metal on a velvet background. Except for the rear spine and front peak, the gilt fittings and helmet plate have been professionally re-gilt at some stage in the past. This helmet is the rare, early rounded-peak, first pattern type with this plate only worn between 1878-1881. Overall, in very good condition for its age and would make an excellent display item.
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