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Blue Wolseley Pattern pith helmet with spike

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I just bought this cork pith helmet. Blue, with nickle spike. The sweatband stamped Evereitt W Vero & Co Ltd. Surname written in pen inside. Complete brass chain and leather chinstrap. Appears to be a nickel spike.

The Wolseley I believe came in around 1899. There are holes where a cap badge was. Would this be british army? And which regiments/ rank?

Many thanks in advance for any help

Peter

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I don't remember seeing a blue Wolseley sun helmet before this one. The blue home service helmets are usually of the earlier sun helmet shape, like the foreign service helmet. It looks to be military but without the badge it is not possible to day for whom. If the edge trim is leather,it officers, if cloth then other ranks. Best way to date it is to check for any inkstamps, perhaps under the band or by the method of attaching the liner/cradle.

a very nice helmet

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