Officer's cap

Object Number: 
1926.79a
Date: 
ca. 1862
Medium: 
Wool, other textile, patent leather, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. ( 14 x 26.7 x 17.1 cm )
Marks: 
embroidered: on front: "U.S." maker's label: inside top of crown: "ST NICHOLAS HOTEL / No. 519 B-WAY / NEW YORK / WARNOCK & Co." in relief: on chinstrap buttons: "I"
Description: 
Officer's cap with dark blue wool felt crown which is soft, cylindrical, tapered, and angled forward, with a rigid circular top; "U.S." embroidered in silver between branches of laurel embroidered in gold on front; rigid black patent leather visor which is flat and somewhat rectangular; black patent leather chinstrap secured at either side by gilded brass button embossed with shield-breasted eagle, the shield bearing the initial "I"; black silk lining padded with fleece.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this cap was worn by William Packer Prentice during the American Civil War. Packer was commissioned as assistant adjutant-general, with the rank of captain of volunteers, on November 26, 1861 and was promoted to the rank of major on September 2, 1862, and became lieutenant-colonel and adjutant-general of the Tenth Army Corps and chief of staff to Major-General Ormsby McKnight Mitchell in October, 1862. He resigned from the army on December 23, 1862.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Colonel William Packer Prentice
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group