Beaver skin, textile, leather, braid, metal
folded: 9 1/2 x 17 x 1 3/8 in. ( 24.1 x 43.2 x 3.5 cm )
Flat-folding black beaver chapeau bras with two wide bands of ribbon woven with eagles and Napoleonic emblems extending diagonally from base of cock (front), framing a rosette with five pleated tiers and small gilded metal eagle at center, and two loops of braided gold cord; edges of cock and fan bound with gold cloth tape.
Gift of Mr. Leslie A. Davis
maker's label: inside top of crown: "TWEEDY & BENEDICT / 37 / MAIDEN LANE / NEW YORK" woven: into pattern on ribbon/cloth tape: "N" below a crown(?)
According to the accession records, this chapeau was worn by the donor's grandfather, Caleb S. Woodhull (1792-1866), who served as Mayor of New York from 1849 to 1851. The donor believed that his grandfather had worn the hat in the War of 1812, but this seems unlikely given that the maker is not listed in the New York City Directory at the address indicated on the label until 1820.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.