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Shako with pompon

Object Number: 
1953.165ab
Date: 
ca. 1865
Medium: 
Wool, leather, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 x 10 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. ( 20.3 x 26.7 x 16.5 cm )
Marks: 
in relief: on front insignia plate: "7" printed paper label: affixed inside top of crown: "From / BAKER & MCKENNEY, / Manufacturers and Dealers in / Military Goods. / 63 Walker Street, / NEW YORK." handwritten in ink: on printed paper label: "I. R. Lane
Description: 
Black wool felt shako with black patent leather top and trim; angled cylindrical crown with gilded metal insignia of the 7th Regiment, N.G.S.N.Y., attached to front; small somewhat rectangular visor; chin strap secured at either side with a button embossed with crossed cannon; white pompon mounted above insignia; black leather sweatband.
Gallery Label: 
According to New York City Directories, Baker & McKenney was located at 63 Walker Street from 1865 to 1866. The original owner of this shako, Isaac Remsen Lane (1840-1910), for ten years president of the Hanover Fire Insurance Company, of New York, was an enthusiastic veteran of the Seventh Regiment, N.Y.N.G., in United States service. He enlisted as a private at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, serving until 1863. He later saw service during the draft riots in New York City.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, through Major Kenneth Miller
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group