Textile, leather, feathers, metal
folded: 5 3/4 x 16 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. ( 14.6 x 42.5 x 3.2 cm )
in relief: on button: "EXCELSIOR" maker's label: inside top of crown: "SHANNON, MILLER & CRANE / 46 MAIDEN LANE / NEW YORK" stamped in gold: on sweatband: "Patented / June 15, 1875."
Flat-folding black beaver (textile) chapeau bras with two wide bands of black ribbon extending diagonally from lower edge on either side; black silk rosette with gold metallic cloth "loop" secured by gilded metal button with eagle insignia above the word "EXCELSIOR" in relief; brown and black ostrich feather plumes; gold bullion fringe at each corner.
According to the accession records, this chapeau was worn by the donors' father, Lt.-Colonel William Brewster Overton of the 2nd Division, National Guard New York, to the Brooklyn Bridge opening ceremonies on May 24, 1883.
Gift of Miss Clara and Miss Jacqueline Overton
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.