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Shako with plume

Object Number: 
1932.168ab
Date: 
1880-1910
Medium: 
Leather, felt, braid, feathers, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall (shako): 6 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. (17.1 x 24.8 x 23.5 cm) Part (plume): 9 x 3 in. (22.9 x 7.6 cm)
Marks: 
in relief: on front insignia: "E PLURIBUS UNUM" (on banner)
Description: 
Shako with rigid, black felt-covered bell crown with black patent leather trim and visor; large shield-breasted eagle insignia of gilded metal; heavy gold braid draped in front and back; metal scale chin strap with leather backing attached at either side to hooks suspended below gilded metal buttons embossed with crossed cannon; black and red feather plume.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this shako was worn as part of the Veteran Corps of Artillery dress uniform, which was based on the type in use ca. 1812. The Veteran Corps of Artillery was formed in 1791 by veterans of the American Revolution, and its future members were all descendants of the original founders.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Veteran Corps of Artillery, New York, through Brigadier-General Charles Elliot Warren
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group