c1885 Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry Officer Helmet Plate


A very fine Victorian English Officer’s Helmet Plate to the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (DCLI), with Officer’s collar badges to the 1st and 2nd Battalions and a Victorian gilt button.
The helmet plate is of multi piece construction with a gilded brass Brunswick star with a large Victorian crown above. On the star is superimposed a circular garter with the royal motto HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE. Surrounding this is a laurel wreath on which is mounted a silver scroll, which reads THE DUKE OF CORNWALL’s LT. INFY. The central boss, with the garter is in black velvet (1st Battalion), on which is a gilt strung bugle, crossed silver and red enamel feathers and a silver turreted castle archway. The reverse shows the 3 suspension loops and you can also see the securing pins for the multipiece construction components. The helmet plate was worn between 1881 and 1901.
The 2 multipiece construction gilded brass and enamel collar badges are identical, except for the colour of the inside backing wool, which is black for the 1st Battalion and green for the 2nd Battalion. They are also in near mint condition. The DCLI button is also near mint.
The four items have been mounted of a black card mounted, with the descriptions handwritten in pen.
Size helmet plate: 11 x 12.5 x 2.25 cm (4 ¼ x 5 x 7/8 inches)
Size card: 15.25 x 18.5 cm (6 x 7 ¼ inches)
Weight: 111g