Black Top Hat Decorated For Military Use



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Black Top Hat Decorated For Military Use

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Black Top Hat Decorated For Military Use
Hat is circa 1820, decorations are circa 1830

Content Description: 

Black beaver civilian hat decorated for militia use. Eagle is mounted on an oval cartouche painted light blue, surrounded by a white border and seventeen white five-pointed stars. Edge of hat brim retains vestiges of black binding and, on left side the brim shows a series of two radial lines of stitching which may mark where a ribbon or mourning band was once affixed to the hat. Gray paper lining in crown. No label. Wire loop in front of crown for fastening lower end of plume socket; cut hole in top of crown immediately above eagle to accommodate plume socket shank.

Physical Description: 

Beaver, fur, paper
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road,Massachusetts,Sturbridge,01566
Collection of Old Sturbridge Village