Shako

Object Number: 
1953.164
Date: 
1860-1864
Medium: 
Felt, leather, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 x 10 x 6 3/4 in. ( 17.8 x 25.4 x 17.1 cm )
Marks: 
printed paper label: affixed inside top of crown: "From / JOHN A. BAKER, / Manufacturer and Dealer in / Military Goods. / 63 Walker Street, / NEW-YORK." handwritten in ink: on label described above: "I. R. Lane / 8 Co. N.G."
Description: 
Shako with rigid, cylindrical black felt crown that is tapered and angled forward; flat black patent leather top and patent leather visor which is flat and somewhat rectangular; black patent leather chin strap secured at either side by a gilded metal button embossed with crossed cannon; gilded metal National Guard N.Y. shield affxed center upper edge of front; leather lining with lacing; pompon and front insignia plate missing.
Gallery Label: 

The original owner of this shako, Isaac Remsen Lane (1840-1910), for ten years president of the Hanover Fire Insurance Company, of New York, was an enthusiastic veteran of the Seventh Regiment, N.Y.N.G., in United States service. He enlisted as a private at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, serving until 1863. He later saw service during the draft riots in the city.

Credit Line: 
Gift of the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, through Major Kenneth C. Miller
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group