Busby

Busby
Title
Busby
Date 
ca. 1899
Medium 
Wool, fur, leather, cord, metal, velvet
Dimensions 
Overall: 5 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. ( 14 x 24.1 cm )
Description 
Bell crown busby with black astrakhan fur on sides and yellow wool top with point folded over and secured with a button on right side; long yellow hat cord attached to loops at center back and left side; gilded metal crossed saber insignia and black velvet-covered oval device with embroidered "A" attached in front; metal scale chin strap with black leather backing secured at either side by a gilded metal button embossed with crossed sabers; leather half-lining with cord lacing.
Credit Line 
Gift of Abel I. Smith
Object Number 
1931.80a
Marks 
maker's label: affixed inside top of crown: "[WARNOCK] UNIFORM CO. / [19 and 21] WEST 31st ST., N.Y."
Gallery Label 
According to the accession records, this busby was part of the dress uniform of Squadron A of the New York Hussars, organized ca. 1885 as an independent troop of cavalry (National Guard New York, 1889- ). The donor, who was a member of Squadron A, purchased his uniform at Brooks Brothers in New York City and wore it throughout his service, from 1899-1910. Other parts of his uniform are also in the N-YHS Collection.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group