A rare helmet from the Royal Dragoon Guards has recently been discovered tucked away at the back of a wardrobe during a house clearance. The helmet is set to be auctioned in March and is estimated to be worth between £300 and £500.
Charterhouse Auctioneers had been clearing out a country house in Somerset for a couple of months when it discovered the antique. The 1871 pattern 5th Dragoon Guards helmet was catalogued along with the rest of the home’s contents, which will also be sold in the auction.
The antique head gear will be included as military memorabilia, or ‘militaria’, and will likely become part of a collection. A partner at Charterhouse, Richard Bromell, stressed the importance of getting into all the corners when clearing out a home so that nothing is missed. He said:
“When clearing properties, it is vitally important to roll up your sleeves and get stuck into the job, which is why we employ our own removal team of highly experienced people.”
The side of the rare headwear bears a dent, despite it being stored carefully in a bag made of chamois leather. The plume of horse hair had been stored separately in a tin cylinder.
Perhaps the new owner will display the item in an antique cabinet. Preston has a number of antiques dealers who have a selection of items ready to be shown to collectors. Memorabilia is best showcased using items of furniture – such as tables and display cases – hailing from the same period.
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