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Shako

Object Number: 
1950.135g
Date: 
1930-1940
Medium: 
Wool, other textile, leather, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/4 x 9 7/8 x 8 1/2 in. ( 13.3 x 25.1 x 21.6 cm )
Marks: 
applied metal: on front insignia: "23" in relief: on front insignia: "VIGILANTIA / N.G.S.N.Y." maker's label: inside top of crown: "Redbank / SIGMUND EISNER CO." printed/typewritten: on paper label tucked inside sweatband: "Medical 106th Inf. / Sigmund
Description: 
Shako with rigid, cylindrical, black felt-covered crown which is flat-topped and angled forward; wide band of gold metallic cloth tape around upper edge of crown; grommet-reinforced hole for pompon holder; circular gilded metal insignia with number "23" in applied metal on black enameled disk at center, and inscription, "VIGILANTIA / N.G.S.N.Y.," in relief within circular border; gilded metal scale chin strap with black oilcloth backing attached at either side to a hook suspended below a large gilded metal button embossed with crossed rifles; black leather sweatband and black textile lining.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this shako was worn by the donor as a member of the Brooklyn-based 23rd Regiment, National Guard New York. Other parts of his uniform are also in the N-YHS Collection.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Colonel Mortimer Lasky
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group