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Dress helmet

Object Number: 
1954.118f
Date: 
1880-1900
Medium: 
Felt, cork, leather, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 1/4 x 11 1/8 x 7 3/8 in. ( 23.5 x 28.3 x 18.7 cm )
Marks: 
stamped in gold: on sweatband: "WARNOCK & CO. / 519 BROADWAY / N.Y."
Description: 
Summer dress helmet with white felt-covered cork crown with peaks in front and back, both angled downward; gilded metal button at lower edge on either side, with crossed cannon in relief and hooks suspended below; one hook with shield-shaped mount attached rear center; brass spike screw-mounted top center; missing front insignia plate, braided cords, and chin strap.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this dress helmet was worn by the donor's father, Colonel Thomas Henry Barber, 1st Regiment Infantry, New York Volunteers, while on duty in Hawaii during the Spanish-American War. He arrived in Honolulu, H. I., to take command of U. S. forces in order to establish and take command of Camp McKinley by August of 1898.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Thomas H. Barber
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group