Felt, feather, metal
Overall: 6 x 14 1/4 x 13 3/8 in. ( 15.2 x 36.2 x 34 cm )
stamped: inside top of crown: "U. S. Army / [eagle] / EXTRA / MANUFACTURE / 4"
Black felt dress hat with cylindrical, flat-topped crown and wide brim; blue worsted hat cord with two tassels; gilded metal bugle and letter "C" attached in front; one black feather on right side of crown.
This type of hat, referred to as a "Hardee hat" or "Jeff Davis hat," was adopted by Jefferson Davis for military use while serving as President Franklin Pierce's Secretary of War (1853-57) and later worn by both the North and the South during the Civil War. Officers' hats typically had brims with edges bound with silk braid; the number of feathers (1-3) was also an indicator of the wearer's status. Our hat is missing the gilded brass "eagle" that secured the brim to one side of the crown.
Gift of Mr. De Witt M. Lockman
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