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Dress helmet with plume

Dress helmet with plume
Dress helmet with plume
ca. 1888
Felt, cork, leather, metal, horsehair
Part (helmet): 8 x 11 x 7 3/4 in. (20.3 x 27.9 x 19.7 cm) Part (plume): 18 x 7 x 5 in. (45.7 x 17.8 x 12.7 cm)
Summer dress helmet made of white felt over cork, with peaks in front and back, both angled downward; diamond-shaped gilded metal insignia with number "9" in applied white metal at center; gilded metal scale chin strap with white leather backing joined at either side to hooks attached to buttons embossed with crossed rifles; leather sweatband; gray horsehair plume in ornate gilded metal holder with embossed shield-breasted eagle below a single star.
Credit Line 
Gift of Stephen H. P. Pell
Object Number 
maker's label: affixed inside top of crown: "RIDABOCK & CO. / FORMERLY / BAKER & McKENNEY / 141 GRAND ST. NEW YORK."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group