Original British Late 20th Century Seaforth Highlanders Scottish Regimental Feather Bonnet

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a genuine Scottish Regimental Feather Bonnet, as worn by Pipers, bandsmen and Buglers. These are reminiscent of the bearskins that used to be worn, but which are no longer used in service. Due to the increasing scarcity of bears, as well as the required hunting, the feather bonnets were a much more economical choice.

This bonnet has the usual white, red and navy blue checkerboard around the bottom, with a black "tail" on the back. The left side of the helmet has a small fabric rosette, where the Regimental Badge of the Seaforth Highlanders is displayed. This features a deer's head with antlers over a banner with the motto in Gaelic: CUIDICH 'N RIGH (Aid the King). This regiment was originally formed in 1881 from the amalgamation of the 72nd (Duke of Albany's Own Highlanders) Regiment of Foot and the 78th (Highlanders) (Ross-shire Buffs) Regiment of Foot, as part of the Childers Reforms. The regiment then fought in all major conflicts, including WWI and WWII, until it was made part of the Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) in 1961. That places this bonnet pretty solidly in the latter half of the 20th century.

The bonnet is in very good condition, with just a bit of age toning in the checkerboard. The rayon red lining is in good shape, with the original ties still intact. This is a later example that has an adjustable band, which currently is set at about a 7 1/2, and probably could go a bit larger or smaller. The inner support is a metal basket, which is totally covered in Black Feathers. It comes with its original leather chin strap, which is sewn directly into the helmet.

Absolutely original, very decorative and ready to Display!

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