Chapeau bras with case

Chapeau bras with case
Title
Chapeau bras with case
Date 
1890-1900
Medium 
Silk, other textile, leather, feathers, metal, paint
Dimensions 
Overall: 3 1/2 x 19 3/4 x 7 1/8 in. ( 8.9 x 50.2 x 18.1 cm )
Description 
Flat-folding black beaver (silk) chapeau bras with two bands of black ribbon that extend diagonally from lower edge on front side, framing a capsule-shaped cockade with pleated black ribbon border and eagle insignia and button with same on gold ground at center; black ostrich feather plume; gold bullion tassel at each corner; in black painted metal case with hinged lid and handle.
Object Number 
INV.11250ab
Marks 
maker's label: inside top of crown: "HORSTMANN BROS & Co / PHILADELPHIA" in relief: on metal disk affixed to lid of case: "HORSTMANN BROS & CO / ARMY & / NAVY / GOODS / PHILADA." business card: found inside case: "General William Smith. / Paymaster General, / United States Army. / 1606 K Street."
Gallery Label 
This chapeau apparently 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