MODEL 1881 NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD HELMET

$300.00

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Item Code: 14-1737

Black cloth covered cork helmet with brass spike.

The body of this state issued helmet is in good condition throughout with only a small bit of surface dirt. Each side of the helmet has a small black “pin-wheel” type vent. There is black leather trim running around the bottom edge. This edging is complete and shows very little wear.

Around the base of the crown is a black leather band with a leather chinstrap. The latter looks new and appears to be a replacement. The chinstrap is anchored by two stamped brass side buttons with crossed rifles. Attached to the front is a large stamped brass spread-winged eagle with a Maltese type cross on its chest with a raised circle at center stamped with “DEFENDAM N.G. S.N.Y.” At center of the circle is cut a number “22.” The top of the crown has a brass spike attached to a stamped brass oak leaf wreath base.

The interior of the helmet is in excellent condition. The brown leather sweatband shows wear from use but is in good condition. It meas. approx. 2.00 inches in height and is complete all the way around. Stamped on the interior of the left side just above the sweatband is “INSPECTED / S.N. Y.” A small white label in the front of the interior has the name “H. L. HENRY, 11” printed on it while the left rear has a label with “HENRY H. L.” written on it in period ink. Also, stamped in ink on the interior is “84TH SEP CO. / 11.” In the crown is a label for the firm of “BAKER & MCKENNEY.”

A quick internet search finds a Horace L. Henry born Geneva, New York on August 25, 1873. He enlisted May 1, 1898 as a Sergeant in Company B, 3rd New York Infantry. He was transferred on July 23, 1898 to Troop A, New York Volunteer Cavalry with whom he saw service in Puerto Rico. After the war he continued to serve in the New York National Guard and was commissioned a Lieutenant around 1900. He moved west after the war and died October 19, 1961 and is buried in Fort Rosecrans, San Diego, California.

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