Chapeau bras with case
Silk, other textile, leather, feathers, metal, paint
Overall: 3 1/2 x 19 3/4 x 7 1/8 in. ( 8.9 x 50.2 x 18.1 cm )
maker's label: inside top of crown: "HORSTMANN BROS & Co / PHILADELPHIA" in relief: on metal disk affixed to lid of case: "HORSTMANN BROS & CO / ARMY & / NAVY / GOODS / PHILADA." business card: found inside case: "General William Smith. / Paymaster Gene
Flat-folding black beaver (silk) chapeau bras with two bands of black ribbon that extend diagonally from lower edge on front side, framing a capsule-shaped cockade with pleated black ribbon border and eagle insignia and button with same on gold ground at center; black ostrich feather plume; gold bullion tassel at each corner; in black painted metal case with hinged lid and handle.
This chapeau apparently belonged to William Smith, Paymaster General of the U.S. Army.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.