Officer's Shako c1822

The early version of the bearskin worn by the Grenadier Guards had a leather peak. The 1822 Dress Regulations describe it: 'Bearskin; sixteen inches deep, a gilt plate with king's arms in front, gold bullion tassels on the right side, gilt scales and grenades, black leather peak. Plume; white hair twelve inches long with a gilt grenade socket'.

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