Shako with pompon
Wool, leather, metal
Overall: 8 x 10 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. ( 20.3 x 26.7 x 16.5 cm )
in relief: on front insignia plate: "7" printed paper label: affixed inside top of crown: "From / BAKER & MCKENNEY, / Manufacturers and Dealers in / Military Goods. / 63 Walker Street, / NEW YORK." handwritten in ink: on printed paper label: "I. R. Lane
Black wool felt shako with black patent leather top and trim; angled cylindrical crown with gilded metal insignia of the 7th Regiment, N.G.S.N.Y., attached to front; small somewhat rectangular visor; chin strap secured at either side with a button embossed with crossed cannon; white pompon mounted above insignia; black leather sweatband.
According to New York City Directories, Baker & McKenney was located at 63 Walker Street from 1865 to 1866. The original owner of this shako, Isaac Remsen Lane (1840-1910), for ten years president of the Hanover Fire Insurance Company, of New York, was an enthusiastic veteran of the Seventh Regiment, N.Y.N.G., in United States service. He enlisted as a private at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, serving until 1863. He later saw service during the draft riots in New York City.
Gift of the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, through Major Kenneth Miller
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