Donald James wrote:
The photographer of this cabinet photo is Pearlmann, St. George's Cross, Glasgow. The unit and uniform identification details and description are appreciated.
gordon92 wrote:...The dating window would be approx pre-1905 given that the Elwood pattern foreign service helmet is on display...
James- the helmets those Argylls are wearing are remarkably amorphous in form, in comparison to what I am going to call the 'classic' F.S.helmet made of cork (although I am beginning to realize there was possibly no such thing). The helmet of the man standing in the center behind soldier sitting, drinking and enjoying the breeze- fantastic pose- looks almost like a planter's topee. Is that a particular characteristic of the wicker helmet,which we would only see on troops in or deployed from India?
Consider, by contrast, helmet of the officer sitting just to camera left- presumably privately made, of cork. The helmet of the soldier photographed in Glasgow is also much smarter, yet it is also made from wicker.
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