A Woolseley helmet made of brown wool with a brown band that has been pleated around the crown. The inside is lined with green wool and the crown is shaped with a stiff material and lined with white leather and fuchsia-coloured taffeta. The inside label is printed directly onto the crown. " Jones Chalk & Dawson / Sackville St. Military Oufitters / London W. ". There is also a handwritten tag that reads " Matthews 7 / 8B ". The helmet comes with a spike that can be screwed into the top of the crown through a gold ring.
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This helmet belonged to Major Robert Saxton Matthews, an Inglewood resident who was prominent in the military, serving in the Hawera Mounted Rifles, the South African War, the New Zealand Staff Corps and as an Assistant Quartermaster General. He retired in the 1920s and when he died in 1931 a Taranaki Herald obituary noted that "his kindly, courteous, and interesting personality will be greatly missed from this district where he has been held for many years in the very highest esteem."
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