Dragoon helmet

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Leather, linen, wood, cord, metal
Overall: 8 x 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. ( 20.3 x 26.7 x 21.6 cm )
Black leather dragoon helmet with high domed crown of two-piece construction and wide rounded visor; red wool band held in place by wire-wrapped cord looped zigzag-fashion over a series a flat metal buttons (originally 3 on each side); gilded metal insignia plate with eagle perched above oval shield embossed with bugle (not original); quilted linen half-lining with drawstring closure.
Gallery Label: 
According to military expert William L. Brown, the insignia plate attached to this helmet was made in France ca. 1861 for the U.S. Army.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Charles MacKubin Lefferts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group