Dress hat

Object Number: 
Felt, feather, metal
Overall: 6 x 14 1/4 x 13 3/8 in. ( 15.2 x 36.2 x 34 cm )
stamped: inside top of crown: "U. S. Army / [eagle] / EXTRA / MANUFACTURE / 4"
Black felt dress hat with cylindrical, flat-topped crown and wide brim; blue worsted hat cord with two tassels; gilded metal bugle and letter "C" attached in front; one black feather on right side of crown.
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; the number of feathers (1-3) was also an indicator of the wearer's status. Our hat is missing the gilded brass "eagle" that secured the brim to one side of the crown.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. De Witt M. Lockman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group