Wool, other textile, leather, metal
Overall: 3 1/2 x 10 x 7 1/2 in. ( 8.9 x 25.4 x 19 cm )
Dress hat with soft, oval, dark blue wool felt crown, and visor with sequined oak leaf sprays embroidered in gold on black felt ground; embroidered front insignia consisting of a shield over crossed anchors with eagle with outstretched wings above; chin strap made of gold metallic cloth tape secured at either side by a gilded metal button embossed with an eagle perched on an anchor; brown leather sweatband and black textile lining.
Gift of Mrs. John Jay Ide
printed in silver: inside top of crown: "CAPTAIN G. E. IDE, / U. S. N. / S. N. MEYER, / MANUFACTURER, / 1411 PENN. AVE., N. W. / WASHINGTON, D. C."
According to the accession records, this hat belonged to George Elmore Ide, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1861 to 1901. The donor was apparently his daughter-in-law. Her husband, John Jay Ide (d. 1962), was a great-great grandson of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.