Shako with pompon
Felt, leather, silk, wool, metal
Overall: 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 5 5/8 in. ( 21.6 x 21.6 x 14.3 cm )
embroidered: on front of shako: "N.Y." maker's label: affixed inside top of crown: "James S. Smith & Co. / No 15 Dutch St / NEW YORK. / Manufacturers & Dealers / in Military Goods."
Shako with rigid, cylindrical, blue felt-covered crown with flat top and angled base; wide band, also of blue felt, with "N.Y." between laurel branches embroidered below peak in front; gilded metal insignia representing New York State attached top front; red leather sweatband and green silk lining; white pompon; missing visor and chin strap.
According to the accession records, the donor claimed that this shako belonged to Stephen Van Rensselaer IV before the Mexican War. The alternate dating given was suggested by military expert William L. Brown (Nov. 1999).
Gift of Thomas H. Barber
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.