Chapeau bras with box
Beaver skin, textile, feathers, metal, cardboard
Overall: 3 x 19 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. ( 7.6 x 49.5 x 26 cm )
in relief: on banner above gilded metal eagle: "E PLURIBUS UNUM" maker's label: inside top of crown: "BAKER & McKENNEY / New York." handwritten in pencil: on bottom of box: "General William Smith" printed paper label: affixed to top of box: "From T. H.
Flat-folding black beaver chapeau bras with black ostrich feathers lining crest; bands of black ribbon extend diagonally from base on either side, framing on front a diagonally placed, capsule-shaped cockade with a gilded metal shield-breasted eagle and button with same on gold ground at center; gold bullion fringe at each corner; black patent leather sweatband and brown silk lining; shaped cardboard box (in three pieces).
This chapeau may have belonged to William Smith, Paymaster General of the U.S. Army.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.