Shako with pompon

Object Number: 
1932.164ab
Date: 
ca. 1886
Medium: 
Felt, leather, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 1/2 x 10 1/8 x 6 1/2 in. ( 19 x 25.7 x 16.5 cm )
Marks: 
printed paper label: affixed inside top of crown: "From / J. H. McKENNEY & CO. / (Successors to Baker & McKenney) / Manufacturers of and Dealers in / Military Goods, / 141 GRAND STREET, / NEW YORK." handwritten in ink: on label described above: "E A Hoff
Description: 
Shako with rigid, cylindrical, black felt-covered crown that is tapered and angled forward; flat black patent leather top and black patent leather visor which is thick and somewhat rectangular; black patent leather chin strap secured at either side by a gilded metal button embossed with crossed cannon; circular gilded metal insignia plate with border of alternating spears and cannon, and applied metal "7" on black enameled disk at center; white pompon.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this shako was worn by the donor's brother, Eugene A. Hoffman, Jr., who enlisted in the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, in 1886 and served until his death, in 1891.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Samuel Verplanck Hoffman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group