c1882 British Northern Division Artillery Militia Officer Helmet


A fine, original example of a rare Home Service Pattern Victorian helmet to an Officer in the Northern Division Artillery Militia.

Better known as a blue cloth helmet, it dates from between 1882 and 1891. The helmet is complete with its gilt metal cross piece, ball top (for Artillery, as opposed to a spike) and rose bosses supporting a leather backed scale chin strap. On the front is a Victorian Royal Arms helmet plate, with the cannon and the NORTHERN DIVISION within a scroll.

Inside, the leather sweatband is in good order with the crimson silk edging. There is a maker's gilt on red leather label of HOBSON & SONS 1, 3 & 5 LEXINGTON ST. GOLDEN SQUARE - LONDON W.

Condition is good, but some of the gilding has worn off the brass and there is a little bit of mothing under the chinstrap and rosette. The helmet retains a very nice shape.

The Royal Garrison Artillery was divided in 1882 into 11 divisions, but these were reduced to 3 in 1891, namely the Eastern, Southern and Western.

Size: 57
Weight: 431 g