A French Pattern 1874 cuirassier officer's helmet
The metal skull with brass Medusa crest, frontplate with grenade and acanthus, brass trim and black velour and leather-back brass acanthus chinscales. Black horsehair plume. Black leather seven-finger sweatband/liner.
Condition: Skull with dark patina and numerous light dents. Brass retaining generous traces of gilt finish. Top plume missing.