Infantry Officer’s M1881 Dress Helmet & Epaulettes -SOLD

Belonging to a captain in the 2nd Regiment Connecticut NG.


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From 1881 to 1902, this was the dress helmet for the Army and State national guards for infantry company grade officers (2nd-1st Lieutenants, Captain).  This captains group belonged to the 2nd Connecticut Infantry NG, unfortunately the lot is not named.

The helmet is labeled, Ridabock and Co., Formerly Baker & McKenney, New York. Ridabock purchase the later firm in 1887, and carried the “Formerly” tag until 1889 I believe, putting this lot in the 1887-1890 period of purchase.

The helmet is made of pressed cork with black wool covering. All the helmet furniture is gilt brass, with the silvered regiment number applied to the shield on the eagle insignia. Lacking is the gilt brass chin strap. The lining is white silk.  Generally overall the condition of the helmet is excellent, with exception to the three pronged arrows tips broken away on the lower right of the insignia..

The epaulettes or paddles have the H.V. Allien & Co. stamping, but are in a Ridabock japanned tin box. The condition of the insignia is excellent as well, with bright bullion. The buttons are Conn. State.

The broken insignia are easily repairable; I don’t currently have any parts.