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Chapeau bras

Chapeau bras
Chapeau bras
Chapeau bras
Title
Chapeau bras
Date 
1820-1825
Medium 
Beaver skin, textile, leather, braid, metal
Dimensions 
folded: 9 1/2 x 17 x 1 3/8 in. ( 24.1 x 43.2 x 3.5 cm )
Description 
Flat-folding black beaver chapeau bras with two wide bands of ribbon woven with eagles and Napoleonic emblems extending diagonally from base of cock (front), framing a rosette with five pleated tiers and small gilded metal eagle at center, and two loops of braided gold cord; edges of cock and fan bound with gold cloth tape.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mr. Leslie A. Davis
Object Number 
1952.325a
Marks 
maker's label: inside top of crown: "TWEEDY & BENEDICT / 37 / MAIDEN LANE / NEW YORK" woven: into pattern on ribbon/cloth tape: "N" below a crown(?)
Gallery Label 
According to the accession records, this chapeau was worn by the donor's grandfather, Caleb S. Woodhull (1792-1866), who served as Mayor of New York from 1849 to 1851. The donor believed that his grandfather had worn the hat in the War of 1812, but this seems unlikely given that the maker is not listed in the New York City Directory at the address indicated on the label until 1820.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group