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Dress hat

Object Number: 
1950.288a
Date: 
1895-1898
Medium: 
Wool, other textile, leather, braid, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 x 8 1/2 x 7 in. ( 12.7 x 21.6 x 17.8 cm )
Marks: 
maker's label: inside top of crown: "RIDABOCK & CO. / FORMERLY / BAKER & McKENNEY /MILITARY GOODS / 141 / GRAND ST. NEW YORK" embroidered: on front of cap: "EXCELSIOR" in relief: on buttons: "EXCELSIOR"
Description: 
Dark blue wool felt officer's cap with rigid, cylindrical crown with flat top, and black patent leather visor; chin strap made of fine gold braid (now broken), secured at either side by a button embossed with New York State shield; NYS shield also embroidered on front of cap.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this cap was worn by the donor's husband, Henry Wolff (1873-1950), who served as lieutenant and later as captain in the 108th Regiment, National Guard New York (1892-1898). Wolff's uniform jacket and trousers are also in the N-YHS Collection.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Henry Wolff
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group