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Dragoon Officer's helmet : Austro-Hungarian army
Black painted steel helmet with brass fittings. Roman style comb richly embossed on either side with a lion attacking a snake. Two-headed eagle with flared wings on the front of the helmet. Laurel style chinscales attached with embossed lion heads above the peak. Painted green under the peak. Lined with black cotton sateen.
This helmet would have been worn by an officer in one of the fifteen dragoon regiments in the Austro-Hungarian cavalry circa 1914. As the First World War progressed, these helmets would were usually painted or covered in a grey linen cover to make them less visible. The uniforms, which were previously vibrant blue and red, were also changed to grey during the First World War to draw less attention to the wearer.
Reference Number - RELAWM12884