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Bell crown cap

Object Number: 
1932.154
Date: 
ca. 1833
Medium: 
Leather, silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 x 11 x 9 3/4 in. ( 20.3 x 27.9 x 24.8 cm )
Description: 
Bell-crowned leather cap with visor; chin strap with silver plates of graduated size with each end terminating in a circular button with embossed eagle and leaf border where strap is joined to side of hat; braided silver cord draped in front and back with two tassels suspended at right; metal cockade of domed shape with starburst design attached at center front, just below upper edge; hole for pompon pierced in edge of top above cockade; missing pompon and eagle insignia.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this cap was worn by a member of the Albany Burgesses Corps, which was organized October 8, 1833, at Albany, New York. This militia unit was composed of middle- and upper-class citizens and renowned for its military glamor, its precision drilling, and its sumptuous entertainment (see "Military Uniforms in America," vol. 3, p. 22).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Harry McNeill Bland
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group