Dress helmet

Dress helmet
Dress helmet
Title
Dress helmet
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 )
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.
Credit Line 
Gift of Thomas H. Barber
Object Number 
1954.116ab
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"
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).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group