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Martin Everett


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Dear Mikey,

The helmet appears correct with the soldier's 1868 shako plate - NO green backing. This plate for the Home Service helmet was replaced in 1880 - with a '24' helmet plate - and again in 1881/2 by a South Wales Borderers version - with dragon centerpiece. There are very few 1880 versions surviving - there is one in the museum (this is the only one I have seen). Even the Colour Party to Osborne House in August 1880 - the soldiers are still wearing the 1868 shako plate in their blue helmets. If you find a 1880 version let me know.

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Mikey29211


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Martin Everett wrote:
Dear Mikey,

The helmet appears correct with the soldier's 1868 shako plate - NO green backing. This plate for the Home Service helmet was replaced in 1880 - with a '24' helmet plate - and again in 1881/2 by a South Wales Borderers version - with dragon centerpiece. There are very few 1880 versions surviving - there is one in the museum (this is the only one I have seen). Even the Colour Party to Osborne House in August 1880 - the soldiers are still wearing the 1868 shako plate in their blue helmets. If you find a 1880 version let me know.


Thank you Martin,
I wish i could remember where i heard that the facing colour was placed
there so the numbers read in the regiments facing colours.
I guess, I've been wrong these last 20 years..

Thank you..

regards

Mike
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Martin Everett


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Mikey,

The facing colour of the South Wales Borderers was white from 1881. Green was restored in 1905. BUT green backing was never worn with the 24th Shako or Helmet Plate.

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