The fine Victorian Royal Horse Guards officer’s helmet
The fine Victorian Royal Horse Guards officer’s helmet of Lord Herbert. The skull is silver plated, and the fittings are all of gilt brass. The regimental badge incorporates a red enamelled cross, and the Garter motto over a blue enamelled ground all upon a silver hobnail cut star. Original chin chain, silk lining, and scarlet yak hair plume. Contained in its japanned tin case with maker’s label of Hawkes & Co, and the owner’s brass nameplate engraved Lord Herbert Royal Horse Guards. The helmet retains virtually all its original silver plating and gilding, and is engraved under the neck “B.Buss”
Pembroke, 15th Earl of, and 12th Earl of Montgomery, Reginald Herbert, Eton and RMC Sandhurst, Lt Col late RHG, ADC to Sir Arthur Paget, C in C Ireland 1912-13 and to Lt Gen Sir W P Pultney 1914. Served WWI (despatches, Legion of Honour). Orders of the Rising Sun and Sacred Treasure of Japan; St Stanislas of Russia, Crown of Italy and St Maurice and St Lazarus of Italy, MVO (5th Class) 1901 and (4th Class) 1918, 1914 star, despatches, LG 17th February 1915. Accompanied Prince Arthur of Connaught on his mission to Japan to present the Emperor Yoshihito (1879-1926) with the baton of Field Marshal 1918 (MVO and 3rd Class Japanese orders).