Wool, other textile, leather, metal
Overall: 3 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. ( 8.9 x 23.5 x 16.5 cm )
embroidered: on front of hat: "N.Y." printed paper label: affixed inside top of crown: "SHANNON, MILLER & CRANE, / Manufacturers and Importers of / MILITARY GOODS, / Theatrical, Regalia, Church & Costumers' Trimmings, / No. 46 Maiden Lane, / NEW YORK"
"Chasseur pattern" dark blue wool felt forage cap; soft crown with circular, countersunk top with dark braid applied in cruciform pattern with diamond shape at center and four loops surrounding; black patent leather visor, which is flat and somewhat rectangular; five parallel strips of braid applied to each side of crown, to back of crown, and to base of crown; embroidered insignia on front consisting of initials "N.Y." between branches of laurel; chin strap made of narrow gold metallic cloth tape secured at either side by a gilded metal button embossed with shield-breasted eagle.
According to the accession records, this cap was worn by Lt.-Colonel George Stevens Schermerhorn (1835-1926), who served with the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York.
Gift of Mrs. Philip G. Schermerhorn
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.