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Shako with pompon

Object Number: 
ca. 1883
Felt, leather, metal
Overall: 7 1/4 x 10 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. ( 18.4 x 26.7 x 16.5 cm )
maker's label: inside top of crown: "From / RIDABOCK & CO. / Formerly BAKER & McKENNEY / MANUFACTURERS OF AND DEALERS IN / Military Equipments, / 141 GRAND STREET, / NEW YORK." handwritten: on label described above: "Talmadge / 678"
Shako with rigid, cylindrical, black felt-covered crown which is angled forward, flat black patent leather top, and patent leather visor which is thick and somewhat rectangular; circular gilded metal insignia with border of alternating spears and cannon, and initials "LC" in applied white metal on black-enameled disk at center; black patent leather chin strap secured at either side by a large gilded metal button embossed with crossed rifles, white pompon.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this shako was worn by the donor as a private in Co. K, 7th Regiment, National Guard New York (1870-1877). However, James A. Ridabock did not enter into business with James H. McKenney at 141 Grand Street until 1883.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Henry Pearl Talmadge
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group