Shako with pompon
Wool, leather, metal
Overall: 7 x 12 x 7 in. ( 17.8 x 30.5 x 17.8 cm )
in relief: on front insignia plate: "DUCIT AMOR PATRIAE / 47 / N.G.S.N.Y." printed paper label: affixed inside crown: "From / BAKER & McKENNEY / Manufacturers and Dealers in / Military Goods, / 141 Grand Street, NEW YORK." handwritten in ink: on printed
Black wool felt shako with black patent leather top and trim; angled cylindrical crown with gilded metal insignia of the 47th Regiment, N.G.S.N.Y., attached to front; small, somewhat rectangular visor; white pompon mounted above insignia; black leather sweatband.
The 47th Infantry Regiment was one of twelve New York State National Guard infantry regiments that were federalized for service in the Spanish-American War. The 47th Regiment was organized on May 27th, 1862 for a three-month tour of duty. It was recruited entirely in New York City (Brooklyn) and served in the garrison of Washington D.C. during the Civil War. The regiment also served in the draft riots of 1863, the railroad riots of 1877, the quarantine riot on Fire Island of 1892, and the switchman’s strike in Buffalo of 1895. Isaac J. Geery, the original owner of this shako, was Lieutenant-Colonel of the regiment from May 9, 1868, until his retirement in early 1871.
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