Beaver skin, textile, metal
Overall: 8 x 16 x 4 1/2 in. ( 20.3 x 40.6 x 11.4 cm )
Black beaver chapeau with wide gold metallic cloth tape on edges of cock and fan, and a large embroidered button at each corner; cockade in the form of a rectangular strip of ribbon (upper half purple and lower half white), bisected vertically by a twisted loop of gold bullion extending from center point on upper edge of cock to gilded metal button below with two-headed eagle insignia; two additional loops of gold bullion (of irregular shape) also attached near center point on upper edge of cock.
According to the accession records, this chapeau was worn as part of the court uniform of the donor's grandfather, the Chevalier Charles Frederick de Loosey, who served as Austrian-Hungarian Counsel General at New York from 1850 to 1870. Various other parts of de Loosey's uniform are also in the N-YHS Collection.
Gift of Henry O. Havemeyer, Esquire
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.