Dress hat

Dress hat
Title
Dress hat
Date 
1858-1865
Medium 
Felt, cord, metal
Dimensions 
Overall: 6 x 12 3/4 x 13 1/2 in. ( 15.2 x 32.4 x 34.3 cm )
Description 
Black felt hat with cylindrical, flat-topped crown and wide brim; red worsted hat cord with two tassels; gilded metal crossed cannon insignia and letter "G," indicating branch and regiment, attached to front.
Object Number 
INV.7507
Marks 
maker's label: inside top of crown: "U. S. ARMY / [eagle] / EXTRA / MANUFACTURE. / 7 1/8 / No. 4"
Gallery Label 
This type of hat, referred to as a "Hardee hat" or "Jeff Davis hat," was adopted by Jefferson Davis for military use while serving as President Franklin Pierce's Secretary of War (1853-57) and later worn by both the North and the South during the Civil War. Officers' hats typically had brims with edges bound with silk braid. However, this one, which is an enlisted man's hat, has edges that are simply stitched.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group