Chapeau bras

Chapeau bras
Chapeau bras
Title
Chapeau bras
Date 
1875-1883
Medium 
Textile, leather, feathers, metal
Dimensions 
folded: 5 3/4 x 16 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. ( 14.6 x 42.5 x 3.2 cm )
Description 
Flat-folding black beaver (textile) chapeau bras with two wide bands of black ribbon extending diagonally from lower edge on either side; black silk rosette with gold metallic cloth "loop" secured by gilded metal button with eagle insignia above the word "EXCELSIOR" in relief; brown and black ostrich feather plumes; gold bullion fringe at each corner.
Credit Line 
Gift of Miss Clara and Miss Jacqueline Overton
Object Number 
1952.356
Marks 
in relief: on button: "EXCELSIOR" maker's label: inside top of crown: "SHANNON, MILLER & CRANE / 46 MAIDEN LANE / NEW YORK" stamped in gold: on sweatband: "Patented / June 15, 1875."
Gallery Label 
According to the accession records, this chapeau was worn by the donors' father, Lt.-Colonel William Brewster Overton of the 2nd Division, National Guard New York, to the Brooklyn Bridge opening ceremonies on May 24, 1883.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group