Leather, brass, textile, cord
Overall: 9 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 7 1/4 in. ( 24.1 x 27.3 x 18.4 cm )
printed paper label: affixed inside top of crown: "JOSEPH T. BELL, / Manufacturer of / MILITARY CAPS AND BELTS, / SADDLE CLOTHS, / HOLSTERS, BRIDLES, / &c. &c. &c. &c. / WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, / No. 186 Fulton street, opposite St. Paul's Church, / NEW YORK
Black leather shako with slightly tapered cylindrical crown with flat top and lower edge pointed in back; angular brass visor attached to brass band secured at either side with a large button with a five-pointed star in relief; cut-out brass insignia on front with open horn with cord and tassels suspended below at eagle (may not be original); leather rosette with brass button at center above insignia; hole for pompon pierced near edge of top, adjacent to rosette; braided cord draped across back, with tassel attached to right side; textile lining.
This shako may have been worn by New York State militia. The rosette button is identified in the accession records as an "artillery button of 1828." The front insignia, however, was typically worn by units of infantry. Related insignia are illustrated in Smithsonian Institution Bulletin No. 235 (pp. 61-63).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.