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Shako with pompon

Shako with pompon
Shako with pompon
ca. 1886
Felt, leather, metal
Overall: 7 1/2 x 10 1/8 x 6 1/2 in. ( 19 x 25.7 x 16.5 cm )
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.
Credit Line 
Gift of Samuel Verplanck Hoffman
Object Number 
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 Hoffman / Co. K 7th Regt"
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group