Original Beaver Fur US Military Bicorn or Chapeau, ca 1850s. The condition of this probable militia bicorn is very good -- it has few faults and very little wear and tear. Exterior : Black beaver fur is in wonderful condition. The hat is 18 inches long and 9 inches tall. There is a 5 inch black silk ribbon cockade affixed to the right side of the bicorn.
A die-struck brass US eagle -- three inch wingspan -- is centered on the cockade. According to American Military Headgear Insignia (O'Donnell Publications, 2004) this particular eagle pattern originated in the 1850s primarily for militia use (and was used into the 1860s). These stamped eagles were used on chapeaux, shakos and accoutrements. The sides of the bicorn have separated from the hat crown.
There is no damage to the crown or bicorne sides -- the thread simply gave way. The attaching threads are still present on the front and back of the crown -- see photos -- and can be resewn easily, with patience or left alone. Either way does not affect display of the bicorn. Interior : The hand sewn interior lining appears to be polished black cotton -- it is in excellent condition.The lining is fully and securely hand sewn to the bicorn. Markings : No markings are visible. This is nice militia bicorn from the mid-19th century that will enhance any military collection. The item "Original Early US Military Bicorn or Chapeau, 1850s. (Civil War, Kepi, Shako)" is in sale since Monday, October 19, 2020.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Surplus\Hats & Helmets". The seller is "sailboatboatart" and is located in Norfolk, Virginia. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, Australia, New Zealand.