Chapeau bras

Chapeau bras
Title
Chapeau bras
Date 
1866-1875
Medium 
Textile, leather, feathers, metal
Dimensions 
folded: 1 3/4 x 20 x 6 1/2 in. ( 4.4 x 50.8 x 16.5 cm )
Description 
Flat-folding black beaver (textile?) chapeau with black ostrich feather trim on edges of cock and fan; two bands of wide black ribbon extend diagonally from base of cock (front), framing cockade consisting of a rosette superimposed with sequin-ornamented loop with embroidered oak leaf and laurel decoration; button with shield-breasted eagle below arc of thirteen stars attached at base of loop; leather sweatband and white silk lining.
Credit Line 
Gift of William W. Hoffman and his brothers, Francis Burrall, Murray, and Col. Albert Lincon Hoffman
Object Number 
1956.219b
Marks 
maker's label: printed on lining: "L'ÉTOILE D'OR / LAGESTE / SUCC'R. DE CHARLET / 41, Rue de Richelieu / PARIS"
Gallery Label 
According to the accession records, this chapeau was worn by Col. Wickham Hoffman, grandfather of the donors, as part of his diplomatic uniform while serving as Secretary of the American Legation at the Court of Versailles, in France (1866-1875). See "Genealogy of the Hoffman Family: Descendants of Martin Hoffman" (New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1899), pp. 367-70. Wickham Hoffman himself was the author of "Camp, Court, and Siege" (New York, 1877).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group