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Shako with plume

Object Number: 
1931.72ab
Date: 
1860-1865
Medium: 
Felt, patent leather, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 1/4 x 10 1/8 x 7 in. ( 23.5 x 25.7 x 17.8 cm )
Marks: 
in relief: on front insignia: "ASSIDUITY / ABC / ORGANIZED / OCTOBER 8TH / 1833" in relief: on chinstrap buttons: "EXCELSIOR" maker's label: inside top of crown: "From / JOHN A. BAKER, / Manufacturer and Dealer in / Military Goods, / 63 Walker Street, /
Description: 
Black felt-covered shako with black patent leather top and trim; cylindrical crown which is tapered and angled forward, with gilded brass front insignia in the form of a shield crossed by a banner with "ABC" and other inscriptions in relief; horizontal visor which is somewhat rectangular; chinstrap secured at either side by a large gilded brass button with New York State shield and "EXCELSIOR" in relief; white worsted pompon.
Gallery Label: 
The initials "ABC" on the front insignia of this shako stand for the Albany Burgesses Corps, which was organized October 8, 1933, in Albany, New York.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group