Wool, leather, metal
Overall: 5 1/8 x 10 in. ( 13 x 25.4 cm )
in relief: on front insignia and on buttons: "EXCELSIOR" maker's label (now lost): inside top of crown: "H. V. ALLIEN & Co. / 734 BROADWAY / NEW YORK."
Olive drab wool service cap with brown leather visor and chin strap; metal insignia attached in front replicates the state seal of New York; buttons sercuring chin strap embossed with similar motif.
According to the accession records, this cap was worn by the donor, Charles Mackubin Lefferts (1873-1923), as an officer in Co. K, 7th Regiment, National Guard New York. Lefferts devoted the greater part of his life to historical research in the study of the uniforms worn by the contending armies in the American Revolutionary War which he delighted painting in water colors. The resulting illustrations, depicting the uniformed men of the American, British, French and German armies who took part in the American Revolution, were published for the first time by the New-York Historical Society. .
Bequest of Charles MacKubin Lefferts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.