Tarbucket-style Militia Cap Or Hat



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Tarbucket-style Militia Cap Or Hat

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Tarbucket-style Militia Cap Or Hat
Burr and Shaw, Providence, Rhode Island

Content Description: 

Tarbucket-style dark leather militia cap or hat with stamped brass visor, large half-sunburst brass cap plate, unadorned, and a stamped leather rosette at top front. Rosette bears a brass eagle button with letter "A" on eagle's breast. Brass crown trim is split at front center seam; easily repairable. Rear of cap dips in a "V"; curvature of cap is followed by 1" wide brass trim. Pendant from loops at top right and left is a white cotton braided decorative cord terminating in a tassel on the left and two tassels and macrame discs on the right. Some applied embellishment is evidently missing; on each side of the cap there is a 1 1/2" high stamped brass eagle-emblazoned shield; one with a closed loop on the eagle's breast and the other with an open brass hook. Black leather sweatband is intact but unsewn from the cap proper at the rear. Underside of visor is painted customary green color. Inside of cap is unlined save for the crown which has a buff colored cardboard liner. Label reads: "BURR & SHAW,/No. 12 Westminster, and 17 Cove Streets,/PROVIDENCE, R.I./Manufacturers of/Hard Leather, Boot Top, and Hide Trunks, Valises,/Carpet Bags, Riding Saddles, Gig, and/Team Harnesses./Also manufacture to order, Leading and Suction Engine Hose, Fire Buckets/and Military Caps and Equipments generally./EDWARD BURR, BRADFORD C. SHAW." The Providence Almanac and Business Directory for 1847, published by J. F. Moore, lists on page 88: "BURR & SHAW, 12 Westminster, and Cove Street." This is the only year, between 1836, when Edward Burr alone is listed, to 1860, when our directories end, that the firm is located at that particular address and with that corporate name.

Physical Description: 

Leather, brass. Lvisor bill to crown: 10 1/4" (26 cm); Diameter of crown: 6 7/8" (17.5 cm); Inside: 6 3/4" x 7 7/8" (17.1 cm x 20 cm)
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road,Massachusetts,Sturbridge,01566
Collection of Old Sturbridge Village