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Bell crown cap and shoulder cord

Object Number: 
1923.91ab
Date: 
1820-1840; 1870-1890
Medium: 
Leather, cord, metal
Dimensions: 
Part (cap): 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (26.7 x 21.6 cm) Part (cord): 18 x 4 x 2 in. (45.7 x 10.2 x 5.1 cm)
Description: 
Black leather bell crown cap with metal eagle insignia at center front with plain brass shield attached above; hole for pompon holder pierced in edge of top adjacent to shield; braided white cord draped in front and back, with two tassels suspended at right; missing chin strap; white shoulder cord with two slides and tassels similar to those on hat cord.
Gallery Label: 
According to military expert William L. Brown, the cap probably dates from the 1820s or 1830s, while the shoulder cord is probably from the 1870s or later.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Charles MacKubin Lefferts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group