Original U.S. Indian War Period 1881 Pattern Dress Helmet for Mounted Cavalry with Photo Plate
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a pattern 1881 U.S. Dress helmet with white horsehair plume which represented mounted cavalry. It is a black felt dress helmet, with patent leather edging and hat band. The gold-plated, brass helmet plate, consists of the U.S. Eagle and Shield insignia. The eagle has arrows (broken) in left talon and olive branch in right talon. The crown has the white horse-hair plume and there are gold side buttons. Felt interior with leather sweat band. The condition is good an complete with no major defects. Helmet plate, plume stalk and interior are all complete and consistent with age.
The thing that really sets this helmet apart is that the owner had a commemorative plate made of himself in full uniform wear this or similar style helmet. The plate is in decent condition with some cracking to the overlay toward the bottom but it displays very well. Not something one encounters often, certainly appropriate for any Indian Wars collection.
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