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Dress helmet

Dress helmet
Title
Dress helmet
Date 
1888
Medium 
Wool, cork, cotton, leather, metal
Dimensions 
Overall: 10 x 11 x 6 1/4 in. ( 25.4 x 27.9 x 15.9 cm )
Description 
Summer dress helmet made of white wool felt over cork; peaks in front and back, both angled downward; gilded metal insignia of the 7th Regiment, N.G.S.N.Y., attached in front; brass spike attached to top; greenish yellow leather sweatband and light brown cotton twill lining; narrow light brown leather chin strap.
Credit Line 
Gift of Samuel Verplanck Hoffman
Object Number 
1932.166
Marks 
in relief and intaglio: on front insignia plate: "PRO PATRIA ET GLORIA / 7" stamped: inside top of crown: "J. H. McKENNEY & Co. / 141 GRAND ST. N.Y." handwritten in red: inside crown: "1803" handwritten in black: inside crown: "S. V. HOFFMAN / Co. K"
Gallery Label 
This helmet was worn by the donor, Samuel V. Hoffman (1866-1942), as a member of Co. K, 7th Regiment, National Guard New York. Hoffman enlisted in 1888 and served, on active and inactive duty, until his death in 1942. This type of helmet was part of the regulation summer uniform of the 7th Regiment from 1885 to 1900.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group