Shako with pompon
Wool, leather, cord, metal
Overall: 12 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. ( 31.1 x 24.1 x 24.1 cm )
relief/intaglio: on front insignia plate: "PRO PATRIA / ET GLORIA / 7" maker's label: inside top of crown: "RIDABOCK & COMPANY / 149-151 W. 36th ST. / WEST OF B'WAY / TRADE MARK / NEW YORK"
Black wool felt shako with bell crown and black patent leather visor and trim; gilded metal front insignia plate with "7" in red enamel at center of circular medallion flanked by laurel branches and surmounted by a grenade; buttons with crossed cannon in relief and attached hooks on lower edge at either side; braided white cord draped in front and back; circular vents at center top and at midpoint on either side; white pompon; leather lining with lacing; chin strap missing.
According to the accession records, this shako was worn by the donor, Charles M. Lefferts, during World War I. Lefferts first enlisted as a private in Co. K, 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, in 1893. After the active 7th Regiment was called into service in WWI, a reserve regiment was recruited to serve at home in case of need. Lefferts re-enlisted in this new organization November 14, 1914.
Bequest of Charles MacKubin Lefferts
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