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The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regt Helmet plates.

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Graham    298

Worn on the blue cloth Home Service spiked helmet. The Bedfordshire Regt Officer's H/P. 1881 to 1900 when the blue enamel was changed to black velvet. 

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Graham    298

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The Bedfordshire Regt Officer's H/P. Now with Kings crown. 1902 to 1914.

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Graham    298

Although full dress for Infantry was dropped in 1914, it was worn on occasion after that date, such as Coronations. This is an Officer's H/P to The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regt. It has been converted from V/C to K/C and the title scroll is brass that has been silver plated.

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The o/r's H/P in both V/C and K/C.

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Marcus H    211

An outstanding and rare selection, Graham.

The Vic Beds officers enamel H/P is in wonderful condition.

And, as we've discussed, some of these plates aren't even in the dedicated museums.  

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Graham    298

The Hertfordshire Rifle Volunteers , 2nd Admin Battalion became the 1st Hertfordshire Rifle Volunteer Corps in 1880. They later became the 1st [Hertfordshire] Volunteer Battalion, The Bedfordshire Regiment in 1887.

This helmet plate was worn in silver plate or white metal by officers and with a bronzed or blackened star by o/r's. 1879 to 1897.

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Graham    298

The Hertfordshire Rifle Volunteers, 1st Admin Battn became The 2nd Hertfordshire Rifle Volunteer Corps in 1880. They later became the 2nd [Herts] Vol Battn The Bedfordshire Regt in 1887. This plate was worn in silver plate or white metal by officers and blackened with a w/m hart by o/r's. 

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Graham    298

The 1st [Herts] VB amalgamated with the 2nd [Herts] VB in 1908. The new Battalion in the Territorial Force  was initially called the Hertfordshire Battalion. But in 1909 was redesignated the Hertfordshire Regiment.

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Graham    298

The 1st Bedfordshire Rifle Volunteer Corps became the 3rd VB The Bedfordshire Regt in 1887.

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Graham    298

In 1900 a 4th VB was raised in Huntingdonshire. In 1908 the 3rd VB and the 4th VB were amalgamated to form The 5th Battn The Bedfs Regt.

It is not clear [to me] who wore this Vic crown w/m o/r's helmet plate.

The 1st [Herts] VB went through several changes of uniform. From Grey to Scarlet to blue to Khaki. So it is possible they wore this generic plate after 1897. The 2nd [Herts] VB remained in grey upto 1908 so I doubt it was worn by them. 4th VB briefly ? or maybe it was a Militia item.

The voiding is poor around the Hart.  Note the 3rd VB is not voided around the hart. None of the one I have seen are.

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