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Chapeau (bicorne)

Object Number: 
1936.461
Date: 
1835-1860
Medium: 
Textile, silk, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 1/2 x 19 1/4 x 4 3/4 in. ( 24.1 x 48.9 x 12.1 cm )
Description: 
Black beaver (textile) chapeau with rigid crown; wide border of black silk on edges of cock and fan; cockade in the form of a large, somewhat irregular black silk rosette with superimposed loop of twisted gold bullion attached to a gilded metal button embossed with an eagle perched on an anchor.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this chapeau belonged to Dr. James C. Palmer (1811-1883), fleet surgeon for Admiral Farragut at the Battle of Mobile Bay (August 5, 1864), and later Surgeon-General of the Navy (1872-1873).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Colonel A. Kenny C. Palmer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group