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Stuart,

I wish you would do a book on Home Service Helmets. I think I know a publisher who would be interested.

Clive

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Clive,

would that publisher be Service Publications, the well known and venerated publisher of books on arcane, but essential militaria topics?

I have considered such a book but there is so little to say. One can discourse on the fittings, different methods of affixing the helmet plates etc. but it soon runs out. And we are left with a book that essentially shows many, many examples of the same helmet but with different plates and top pieces.

Give me some direction, and an advance, and I will give it due consideration blush.gif

Cheers,

Stuart

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My latest, an example to the Army Veterinary Department, a Volunteer example.

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Very nice Blue Cloth Stuart. Its the first Army Veterinary Department Helmet Plate Ive actually seen a good photograph of, and a Volunteers into the bargain... must be a fairly rare helmet i would think.

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My latest acquisition is another Wolseley. I know that I said I was finished with Wolseleys but this is to the Suffolk Regiment and features the puggaree flipped at three points (12, 4 and 8 o'clock) and has red and yellow piping. Frankly I much prefer the more normal front and rear flip.

The front view.

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Another nice acquision Stuart. You'll be saying this is the last Wolsley helmet i buy 5 years from now ;)

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Just bought this pillbox cap to the Worcestershire Yeomanry. It is dark blue with a 1 3/4" silver oak leaf lace band. The top is ornamented with a circular cluster of oak leaves and acorns in silver wire embroidery. It looks to be a very fine piece indeed.

Stuart

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It is indeed a lovely cap Stuart - the silver braid is very crisp. What age would you put on it - 1880's ?

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An excellent addition to your magnificent collection.

Now to review the whole post, as I do from time to time,especially over as coffee on a sunny Sunday such as today.

Thanks for not only posting your latest addition but taking the time to display your whole collection.

When Linda sees me looking at your collection she just says, "No! No! Bad Brian bad!

As if I'd be tempted to collect. :whistle:

Regards

Brian

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Mervyn,

the cap is attributed to Major John Henry Crane of Oakhampton House, Dunley. He was commissioned in 1885, promoted Captain in 1894 and was still a Captain in 1900. He served in the Boer War as a Major, 31st Dec. 1901, in the Imperial Yeomanry (Queen's Own Worcester Hussars) 1901 - 1904.

The Worcester Yeomanry wore this style of cap from 1871 to about 1900. I have a photo which shows a group of officers wearing it and dated 1893 and another showing them all wearing the folding field service cap and dated 1897. So I would guess that this example dates from 1885 to mid 1890s.

As a side note "During the Boer War, while her husband was away on active service, Mrs Crane converted to Roman Catholicism, built a chapel in the grounds of the park and installed a live-in priest. On his return, Maj Crane had the chapel demolished, the priest thrown out and his marriage dissolved. He died at Oakhampton in 1932."

Stuart

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Hi Stuart. A very nice piece ,and a great story. I've always thought pill boxes were strange items, particularly as I had to wear one in the Boys' Brigade, many years ago, and they were of no practical use at all! I've been looking at your post about cleaning as I've just acquired a nice officer's tunic (together with a blue cloth -see my latest post) and I was wondering how they cleaned the lace and bullion. I'm not planning to try!

Patrick

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The latest addition - a Volunteer Battalion Officer's forage cap to the Lancashire Fusiliers. It is in excellent condition and has a superb silver and metal bullion badge.

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That's a great addition to your collection Stuart.

Thanks for posting it.

Regards

Brian

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Stuart

How is the badge attached please? Is it sewn to the hat or is there a pin arangement to hold it in place?

All the best Simon

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Simon,

the badge is attached by both methods. The lower part has two straight lugs which are bent over inside the cap and the top part is sewn to the cap.

Stuart

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Stuart

Many thanks for that, I have never had the opportunity to handle a cap like this. Another excellent addition to your collection.

Simon

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