Wool, other textile, leather, metal
Overall: 4 3/4 x 10 x 8 7/8 in. ( 12.1 x 25.4 x 22.5 cm )
Dress hat with blue wool felt crown with flat, circular top, light blue ribbon band edged with gold metallic cloth tape, and black patent leather visor; New York State seal embroidered in heavy gold metallic thread on front of hat; chin strap made of gold metallic cloth tape secured at either side by a button embossed with New York State seal.
Gift of Thomas H. Barber
embroidered: on front of hat: "EXCELSIOR" stamped in gold: on sweatband: "Russia Leather" maker's label: inside top of crown: "RIDABOCK & COMPANY / 112 FOURTH AVE / 2 DOORS BELOW 12TH ST / TRADE MARK / NEW YORK"
According to the accession records, this hat was worn either by the donor or by his father, Thomas Henry Barber (1844-1905), both of whom served in the National Guard New York.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.