This is a British Model 1881 Home Service helmet from the late Victorian period (1837-1901).
It is an officer's version made from dark blue cloth with an enlisted (Other Ranks) cruciform base and cup and ball top.
The front plate indicates the Royal Regiment of Artillery, with its cannon insignia and mottoes, "Ubique" (Everywhere) and "Quo Fas Et Gloria Ducunt" (Whither Right and Glory Lead). This plate also includes the Royal coat of arms used during the reign of Queen Victoria, with the Queen's Crown at the top.
The Home Service helmet was originally issued in 1878 with a spike on top, but this was changed to a ball in 1881 for the Royal Artillery.
These helmets were worn with the dress uniform.
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