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Shield: 1st Compy. ,9th Regt.

Object Number: 
1936.692
Date: 
ca. 1830
Medium: 
Tin, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 x 6 x 1 5/8 in. ( 17.8 x 15.2 x 4.1 cm )
Marks: 
painted: front: "1St COMPY/ 9th REGT" scratched: into reverse: "(?).../ Andrew Bishop/ Stampford"
Description: 
Arched metal hat plate rounded across the top; surface painted black and decorated with a gold and red spread eagle holding a laurel branch and three arrows in its talons, a U.S. shield on his breast and banners in his beak; inscribed below, "1St COMPY/ 9th REGT."
Gallery Label: 
Hat plates such as this one were typically worn attached to ordinary civilian hats by members of early nineteenth-century militia units. A similar example is illustrated in Smithsonian Institution Bulletin No. 235 (p. 71, fig. 137).
Credit Line: 
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Creative: Tronvig Group