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Shako

Description

Black leather military cap [a] with white feather plume [b] and detachable chin strap [c]. Tall cap has a short narrow brim and a double braid of gold trim suspended around the back. A pair of gold wire tassels hang from left side of cap. Cap has a rectangular metal plaque affixed to the front stamped with the emblem of the United States, an eagle with outstretched wings holding a shield and arrows. Small square hole in top of cap to insert feather plume. Tip of white feather plume [b] has been dyed red. Metal chin strap [c] has small overlapping metal plates secured in the center with a small metal buckle. Chin strap has a leather lining. Ends of the strap have circular disc stamped with a star. Found inside bandbox 1928.1407.1

Details

Maker
unknown
Inscriptions
"WOLCOTT & GELSTON. / No. 75 / WASHINGTON STREET, / (Formerly Cornhill,) opposite the Old State House, Boston. / Emporters and Manufacterers of / SILVER AND PLATED WARE, JEWELRY, / MILITARY, PERFUMERY AND FANCY GOODS. / WATCHES REPAIRED. / GOLD / Beads, &c." (Black text on white paper label)
Associated Building
Original To Stetson House Main House.
Object type
Clothing -- Headwear
Descriptive terms
caps (headgear)
Shako
shakos (caps)
Dimensions
7 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 9 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1928.1407.2.1A-C
GUSN
289298

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