This type of felt bicorne hat was worn by all ranks of the British heavy cavalry and most light cavalry officers until replaced in 1812 by crested helmets and shakos.
Included in the sale of Medals and Militaria at Bishop & Miller in Stowmarket, Suffolk, on October 5, this example was first owned by a field grade officer of the Light Dragoons.
Including the maker’s label of Furnis, No.21 Princes Street still present to the interior, the hat comes with its original canvas carrying case with the owners name, Majr Culton Lt Drgs, written in ink to the side. The estimate is £500-700.
An Edwardian gadget walking cane is estimated at £250-300 in the Lockdales auction in Ipswich on October 9-10. Concealed in the malacca shaft and white metal knop is a pepperbox revolver capable of firing four shots and a detachable blued steel stiletto blade stamped Briggs for Thomas Brigg & Sons of London.