An extremely rare Australian White cloth helmet attributed to (Lt. Colonel) Sir Frederick Thomas Sargood of the State of Victoria Local Forces circa 1875. Six panel body with an unusual four large pleat puggaree. Good leather sweatband with a good silk attachment liner. Great maker’s label "made in England for A.BOWLEY & Co, Melbourne", leaving no doubt as to the Australian provenance. Complete with named carry tin.
Note: Major F.T. Sargood entered the Volunteer Force in 1859 finally attaining the rank of Lieut. Colonel. He was elected to the Victorian Legislative Council as the member for South Yarra in 1874. In 1883 he was Minister for Defence and received the CMG in 1884. He was knighted KCMG in 1890. In 1901 was elected member of the Commonwealth Senate and died 1903. This is an exceptionally rare helmet with the rank of Major on the carry tin indicating a very early helmet.
Extremely rare and in very good condition $5850
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