Leather, linen, wood, cord, metal
Overall: 8 x 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. ( 20.3 x 26.7 x 21.6 cm )
Black leather dragoon helmet with high domed crown of two-piece construction and wide rounded visor; red wool band held in place by wire-wrapped cord looped zigzag-fashion over a series a flat metal buttons (originally 3 on each side); gilded metal insignia plate with eagle perched above oval shield embossed with bugle (not original); quilted linen half-lining with drawstring closure.
According to military expert William L. Brown, the insignia plate attached to this helmet was made in France ca. 1861 for the U.S. Army.
Bequest of Charles MacKubin Lefferts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.