Silk, leather, metal
Overall: 6 x 16 1/8 x 6 1/2 in. ( 15.2 x 41 x 16.5 cm )
Black beaver (silk) chapeau with rigid crown and cock and fan that are stiffly vertical and tied together with black ribbon on either side; loop of gold metallic cloth tape with gilded metal button embossed with an eagle clutching an anchor in one talon within a border of rope and thirteen stars, applied over black silk rosette; gold bullion fringe at each corner; leather sweatband and brown silk lining.
Gift of William Leonard Nicoll
printed in gold: on lining: "SHANNON, MILLER & CRANE / 46 MAIDEN LANE / NEW YORK"
According to the accession records, this U.S. Navy chapeau was worn by Chief-Engineer William Leonard Nicoll (1842-1887), the donor's uncle, from 1886 to 1887.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.