Chapeau bras

Object Number: 
1952.356
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 )
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."
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.
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Clara and Miss Jacqueline Overton
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group