Black Tarbucket Military Cap Or Hat



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Black Tarbucket Military Cap Or Hat

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Black Tarbucket Military Cap Or Hat
circa 1835-1840

Content Description: 

Black tarbucket-form military cap or hat lined with white linen and gray paper in crown. No maker's or owner's labels inside. Visor is silver-plated stamped brass, square-billed and down curved. Ornamental chinstrap is also silver-plated stamped brass as is all other furniture and cap plate. Chinstrap is secured by a 1 3/8" diameter stamped star-embellished rosette. The cap plate is a silver plated stamped brass eagle on a silver plated sunburst (eight points) plate that is patterned after the design adopted by the U.S. (Regular) dragoons in 1833. The eagle is basically the Napoleonic type adopted by the British after the Battle of Waterloo and altered by omitting the lightning in the talons and adding a wreath to the breast. A knotted silver metallic cord depends from an eight-pointed stamped star on the right crown across the rear and is attached to the corresponding point on the left side; the star is missing from that side. A pair of silver metallic tassels hang on the right. The rear descends in an extreme V, which is unusual. From the Curtiss house in Bigelow Hollow, Union, CT. After 1812, the military company in Union was the 8th Company of the 11th Regiment, CT Militia. Probably the cap of an infantry officer. Workmanship quality seems to be less than normal; seems to be an inexpensive model.

Physical Description: 

Leather, linen, paper, metal. H: 9 1/4" (23.5 cm); Diameter of crown: 5 1/2" (14 cm); Diameter of brim: 8" (20.3 cm)

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road,Massachusetts,Sturbridge,01566
Collection of Old Sturbridge Village