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1810 period, US Army/Militia, Bell Crown Helmet
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These ultra rare helmets were worn from 1810 (the "War of 1812") to about the 1830's period. They were worn by US Army regiments, which were often Dragoons (i.e.: mounted riflemen) regiments. They were also worn by a great many militia units as well with most of them being so small and obscure that they are unknown today. The elaborate metal chin scales and extra high and plush horse hair plume would seem to indicate that this helmet belonged to an Officer. The leather body is excellent with a fine surface texture rarely seen in such ancient helmets. Body and visor threads are perfect which is almost never seen on such old helmets these days. Plume holder is orginial and unpolished (how rare is that!) and the horse hair plume extremely fine and very full (a true treasure indeed). The plume still retain's it's restraining threading used for storage purposes (another rarity). The plume holder brass retaining nut is missing and now has a modern replacement. Rosettes are painted metal federal eagle types and are excellent. The chin scales are absolutely amazing in that they are of the high quality silver type but are complete (most these days are missing many pieces or are missing altogether). And add to this that the leather chin strap is complete and totally intact, still with it's original retaining buckle (another amazing piece of good fortune). The top rosette is aged darkened and again in perfect original condition. To top this all off, the metal federal eagle is of the rare and much sought after high definition type, still retaining all lugs, arrows and olive branches making it the very best specimen we have ever seen in over 40 years of collecting. Even if this helmet was rotted into scrap - this eagle's quality would make this helmet a treasure! The visor is excellent and firm and still retains it's proper underside green paint. The interior silk lining is gone as is usual with such short life span material. The sweat band is still present and even more amazingly still attached with minor damage. There is a paper tag inside with the remnants of a name which is partially readable. It reads something like this: "Carpenter. White ______?"). This bell crown helmet is a true prize, and impossible to improve upon. They are almost never found even in the most advanced collections - a true 200 year old museum piece!
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