A Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Sergeant-Major's Busby
A Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Sergeant-Major's Busby - Exterior sides of the Busby in bear fur over a cork frame and the top in black felt, featuring a 56 mm x 66 mm blackened bronze cap badge, the oval centrepiece with a red felt background fronted by a brass number "2", the upper tip of the badge with partial gilt loss exposing the bronze base. Blackened bronze five petal rose cockades on either side, the left one held firmly held in place with its original rivet and support plate on the underside, the right one held in place via dual brass prongs, the original hardware having been lost to time. The cockades support a blackened bronze chain link chin strap with a black leather backer, looped to the cockade on the left side, fed through a hook on the right cockade and terminating at the back, attached to a blackened bronze five petal rose cockade with hook, held in place by its riveted brass support plate on the underside. There are four circular metal seven-hole cluster ventilation disks, two on top placed at the front and back, the other two on either side of the busby, all held in place via six protruding prongs on the circular their metal frames. Two-level black and red horsehair plume with restraining ring protruding from a blackened bronze ball and multi-rayed base, the ball encasing a long brass tab, which slides into the top between the front ventilation disk and the top edge of the busby. Interior is lined in a faded black cloth, with a 45 mm wide leather sweatband, the ends stitched together at the rear, with drawstring, a partial Hobson & Sons maker label glued to the dome, incorporating the size mark "7" in blue ink which is still clearly visible, the Busby measuring 190 mm x 255 mm x 145 mm in height overall. The leather chain backer and the leather sweatband are exhibiting the expected wear from active use, with a lateral tear in the sweatband and severing of the drawstring at the front, in addition to soiling and wear on the exterior on the right side and on the top. Near very fine.