West Kent Yeomanry Cavalry, The Full Dress Shako of Lieutenant Colonel the Earl of Brecknock c. 1831 - 1838
An extremely fine and rare example of bell top shape, the body of black beaver 17 cm in height to a sunken black leather top 28.5 cm across. The body strengthened with patent leather 'V' shaped bracing bands and a similar bottom bracing band. A broad silver lace band around the top this being fitted with two plated lions masks and rings to support the cap lines. The drooping front peak of black leather with plated edging. The frontal badge is a large and well detailed rearing 'White Horse of Kent', above this a circular gilt metal cockade. Provision for the plume via a socket and key on the sunken crown. Plated and braided circular chin scales with black leather and buckle tie. Full length silver cord caplines terminating in bullion drops and flounders. Scarlet internally, sweat band in scarlet Moroccan and crimson silk lining, the black leather 'let-down' chin strap present but detached at one side. In its japanned carrying tin, this with brass plaque inscribed 'Earl of Brecknock'. Very fine overall condition.