Dress helmet with plume

Dress helmet with plume
Title
Dress helmet with plume
Date 
1867-1882
Medium 
Wool, cork, silk, cord, metal; horsehair
Dimensions 
a (helmet): 6 3/4 x 10 1/2 x 7 1/8 in. (17.1 x 26.7 x 18.1 cm) e (plume): 15 x 6 x 4 in. (38.1 x 15.2 x 10.2 cm)
Description 
Dress helmet made of black wool felt over cork; peaks in front and back, both angled downward; large metal shield-breasted eagle insignia on front with crossed cannon and number "1" in relief; braided gold cord suspended from hooks with shield-shaped mounts attached to sides and back of hat; gilded metal scale chin strap attached to buttons molded with crossed cannon attached at either side; black and yellow striped sweatband with quilting, and purple silk(?) lining inside of crown; red horsehair plume (missing holder).
Credit Line 
Gift of Thomas H. Barber
Object Number 
1954.115a,e
Marks 
in relief: on front insignia plate: "E PLURIBUS UNUM" (on banner) and "1" stamped in gold: inside crown: "ST. NICHOLAS HOTEL. / No. 519 B'WAY / NEW YORK / WARNOCK & Co."
Gallery Label 
The number "1" and the crossed cannon insignia identify this helmet with the 1st U.S. Artillery. According to the accession records, this helmet was worn by Thomas Henry Barber (father of the donor), who served in the 1st Artillery from 1867 to 1885. New York City directories indicate that Warnock & Co. was located at 519 Broadway from 1858 to 1882.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group