Dress helmet

Object Number: 
1954.116ab
Date: 
ca. 1888
Medium: 
Felt, cork, leather, cord, metal, satin
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 1/2 x 11 x 6 1/2 in. ( 26.7 x 27.9 x 16.5 cm )
Marks: 
applied metal: on front insignia plate: "12" in relief: on front insignia: "EXCELSIOR" maker's label: affixed inside top of crown: "HENRY V. ALLIEN & CO. / NEW YORK"
Description: 
Dress helmet made of black felt over cork, with peaks in front and back, both angled downward; gilded metal front insignia with shield surmounted by an eagle and "EXCELSIOR" on banner below; braided gold cord draped in front and back; gilded metal buttons, each with crossed cannon in relief and attached hook, at either side; gilded brass spike on ornate foliate base (detached); chin strap missing.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this helmet was worn by the donor's father, Thomas Henry Barber, while serving as Colonel of the 12th Regiment, National Guard New York (1888-1889).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Thomas H. Barber
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group