Chapeau (bicorne)

Object Number: 
1967.23
Date: 
1879-1900
Medium: 
Silk, leather, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 1/2 x 17 3/4 x 6 1/4 in. ( 16.5 x 45.1 x 15.9 cm )
Marks: 
printed: on lining: "F. J. HEIBERGER / ARMY & NAVY TAILOR / 535 FIFTEENTH ST. / WASHINGTON, D.C."
Description: 
Black beaver (silk) chapeau with rigid crown with cock and fan that are stiffly vertical and tied together with black ribbon on either side; loop of wide gold metallic cloth tape with gilded metal button embossed with an eagle clutching an anchor with one talon within a border of rope and thirteen stars; gold bullion fringe at each corner; red leather sweatband and orange silk lining.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this chapeau belonged to George Elmore Ide, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1861 to 1901. Ide's uniform coat, vest and epaulets are also in the N-YHS Collection. The donor was apparently Ide's daughter-in-law. Her husband, John Jay Ide (d. 1962), was a great-great grandson of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. John Jay Ide
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group