Dragoon helmet

Dragoon helmet
Title
Dragoon helmet
Date 
1790-1815
Medium 
Leather, linen, wood, cord, metal
Dimensions 
Overall: 8 x 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. ( 20.3 x 26.7 x 21.6 cm )
Description 
Black leather dragoon helmet with high domed crown of two-piece construction and wide rounded visor; red wool band held in place by wire-wrapped cord looped zigzag-fashion over a series a flat metal buttons (originally 3 on each side); gilded metal insignia plate with eagle perched above oval shield embossed with bugle (not original); quilted linen half-lining with drawstring closure.
Credit Line 
Bequest of Charles MacKubin Lefferts
Object Number 
1923.88[dup]
Gallery Label 
According to military expert William L. Brown, the insignia plate attached to this helmet was made in France ca. 1861 for the U.S. Army.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group