Chapeau bras with case
Beaver, silk, braid, feathers, metal, wood
Overall: 3 x 20 3/8 x 13 1/2 in. ( 7.6 x 51.8 x 34.3 cm )
printed: on lining: ". . . inani . . ." in relief: on button: "E PLURIBUS / UNUM" typewritten: on paper affixed to lid of case: "Uniform of the late / Dr. William H. Jackson / appointed Surgeon of the / 252 Regiment of Infantry / May 23, 1840. / Gift of
Flat-folding black beaver chapeau bras with black ostrich feather trim on edges of cock and fan; two bands of wide black ribbon extend diagonally from base of cock (front); cockade consisting of large black silk rosette with small gilded metal eagle at center, superimposed with loop of gold braid surrounding a button embossed with a shield-breasted eagle below banner inscribed "E PLURIBUS UNUM"; leather sweatband and white silk lining; plain wooden case with paper with typewritten inscription affixed to lid.
According to the accession records, this chapeau bras was worn by William H. Jackson (1810-1893), father of the donor. Jackson was commissioned Surgeon of the 252nd Regiment of Infantry, New York, on May 23, 1840. His dress coat, sword, and other accessories are also in the N-YHS Collection.
Gift of Miss Margaret A. Jackson
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.