Repromilitaria Belltop shakos are crafted to a high standard and follow the correct dimensions of the ornate British shako of the Regency period. There are 2 patterns to this design the first starting in 1816 through to 1828. It can be identified by a different style of shako plate than its later variety and often had a gold or silver lace to the top and bottom. The shako plume also changed over the period of the Belltop era. In the first pattern plumes reached an inordinate 12 inches in height. The first pattern shako also sported a small rear peak.
The second pattern shako introduced in 1829 is the one Repromilitaria has produced and its dimensions include a sunken leather top of 11 inches turned over the sides to a depth of 1 inch. There is a leather band stitched to the bottom of the shako. The peak extends 2 inches at its centre. The brass chinchain is supported by two rosettes with a crown over a lion motif or alternatively a rose on a plain background.
This officers Belltop shako features a large brass universal star plate surmounted by a crown and with a smaller silver star plate superimposed upon it. To the centre of this is an oval leaf scroll with a green background and the Roman numerals XXIV. The Belltop follows all of the dimension meantioned above for the 1829 pattern shako and has a brass leather lined chinchain androse shaped rosettes. The interior has a leather sweatband and an adjustable cloth bag. The shako has a Ball tuft in red and white held in a pierced brass leaf holder.
OFFICERS BELLTOP SHAKO ........ £149
This is the same as the Belltop reproduction shakos featured above but has a different shako plate which consists of the large brass universal star plate surmounted by a crown. It then has three artillery cannon to the centre of the plate which are constructed from the cold cast resin mouldings. The rest of the Belltop follows the same details as the others with chinchain and rosettes and a ball tuft to the top. The interior has a leather sweatband and cloth adjustable bag. There is an adjustable leather buckle to the rear.
OFFICERS ARTILLERY BELLTOP ...... £149
Repromilitaria features a Belltop shako of the 68th foot which was the Durham regiment. It differs from the other shakos only in that it helmet plate is unique for that regiment. It consist of the brass universal plate topped by the crown and with a bugle the centre of which contains the numerals 68, these being made by the cold cast resin technique. All other aspects of the Belltop are as the other shakos.
OFFICERS 68TH DURHAM BELLTOP ...... £149
This Repromilitaria Belltop of the 24th foot is made in the same way as the officers but differs in the type of helmet plate used for the ordinary soldier. The helmet plate consist of the brass universal star plate surmounted by the crown and with the numerals 24 in its inner circle. All other aspects are the same as the other shakos. It also differs from officers shako in having an upright worsted plume
ORDINARY RANK BELLTOP ..... £139
This is for clients who have their own shako plates and need a belltop with all the other fitments including chinchain, rosettes and a plume. ....... £115