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Chapeau bras with box

Object Number: 
Z.2865a-d
Date: 
1870-1900
Medium: 
Beaver skin, textile, feathers, metal, cardboard
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 x 19 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. ( 7.6 x 49.5 x 26 cm )
Marks: 
in relief: on banner above gilded metal eagle: "E PLURIBUS UNUM" maker's label: inside top of crown: "BAKER & McKENNEY / New York." handwritten in pencil: on bottom of box: "General William Smith" printed paper label: affixed to top of box: "From T. H.
Description: 
Flat-folding black beaver chapeau bras with black ostrich feathers lining crest; bands of black ribbon extend diagonally from base on either side, framing on front a diagonally placed, capsule-shaped cockade with a gilded metal shield-breasted eagle and button with same on gold ground at center; gold bullion fringe at each corner; black patent leather sweatband and brown silk lining; shaped cardboard box (in three pieces).
Gallery Label: 
This chapeau may have belonged to William Smith, Paymaster General of the U.S. Army.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group