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A Victorian 2nd Life Guards 1871 Pattern Officer’s Helmet and Cuirass, 1890-1900
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A Victorian 2nd Life Guards 1871 Pattern Officer’s Helmet and Cuirass, 1890-1900

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Provenance:  Major Richard Charles Tennant, 2nd Life Guards (1851-1937)
By descent to Sir Andrew Buchanan, 5th Bart. K.C.V.O.  (b.1937)
 
1871 Pattern Officer’s helmet of German silver, the skull applied with a white metal eight pointed Garter star, overlaid on a gilt mount in form of sprays of oak and laurel leaves, centered on the Garter motto, ‘Honi Soit Qui Mal Pense’, in gilt over a blue enamel ground, surrounding a cross of red enamel, the whole complete with gilt side rosettes, brass chin scales and white horse hair plume. Complete with japanned carrying case bearing the escutcheon of the outfitter Hawkes & Co., 14 Piccadilly, London and brass nameplate inscribed Captain Tennant. The steel cuirass comprising back and front plates with brass studded edging, the interior with red leather lining, and black pleated velvet edging, and brass shoulder scales cast with laurel leaves.
 
Major Richard Charles Tennant was commissioned into the 2nd Life Guards in 1870 and served with the regiment in the Egyptian War of 1882, and was present at the engagements at El Magfar and Mahsama, in the two actions at Kassassin including the famous Moonlight charge of the Household Cavalry, and in the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir. He married in 1886 the Hon. Ruth Brooks, daughter of the 1st Baron Crawshaw of Crawshaw, and settled at St. Anne’s Manor, Sutton Bonnington, Nottinghamshire.
 
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