A c.1907 Cheshire Regiment Officer's Helmet
A c.1907 Cheshire Regiment Officer's Helmet - Exterior in black cloth over cork, this helmet features a two-piece brass Cheshire Regiment helmet plate on the front, surmounted by a King's crown, with a silver and brass insignia in the centre and a silver ribbon banner overlaying the wreath, brass rose cockades on either side, supporting a brass chain link chin strap backed with a black-finished leather strap, brass spike base affixed to the helmet with rose designs at the four points, topped by a brass spike, with a hook on the rear point, brass guards at the visor brim and along the rear spine, the rear side edges trimmed in black patent leather. Interior is lined in forest green, with a 45 mm wide light brown leather sweatband, the ends stitched together at the rear, with a fine drawstring along the edge that remains untied at the rear, additional inner violet silk liner stitched to the leather headband, maker stamped "J. JONES & CO. MILITARY OUTFITTERS 6. REGENT STREET W." on the white cotton dome, no size marker, measuring 190 mm x 252 mm x 285 mm in height. All hardware but one pin appear to be original to the piece, however, the exterior exhibits scattered traces of mothing, the yellow stitching has come away on the right side and mid-way on the left side of the chin strap, allowing the discoloured brass chain link to have separated from the underlying black finished leather strap, the leather showing wear. There is a replacement bronze pin on the rear spine, while the visor trim on the right side has a minor dent, the visor trim and side trims with light contact overall. The sweatband has the expected light sweat stains, with light soiling and a tear on the right side in the dome. Tip of the brass spike is bent, with residue present in all brass fitings from cleaning. Very fine.