Officer's cap

Object Number: 
1951.484
Date: 
ca. 1865
Medium: 
Wool, other textile, patent leather, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 x 10 1/4 x 7 3/8 in. ( 15.2 x 26 x 18.7 cm )
Marks: 
embroidered: on front of cap: "N.Y."
Description: 
Officer's cap with dark blue wool crown which is soft, cylindrical, and slightly tapered and angled forward; gold embroidered six-pointed star with sequins at center of rigid, circular top; narrow, vertical strips of gold cloth tape applied to front, back, and either side of crown, and also to lower edge, with fleur-de-lis outlined at center back; gold embroidered front insignia consisting of initials "N.Y." framed by branches of laurel; rigid black patent leather visor which is flat and somewhat rectangular; black patent leather chinstrap secured at either side by gilded brass button embossed with shield-breasted eagle; quilted coral silk lining.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this cap was worn during the Civil War by John Frederick Pierson. Pierson was a captain in the 1st New York Infantry at the beginning of the war; by the time he was mustered out, on May 25, 1865, he had attained the rank of brigadier-general.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, through Major Kenneth Miller
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group