Newport Light Infantry Miter Cap

Physical Description
Jacked leather with a painted front plate. At the top of this miter is the motto "Hope." Below is the British royal cipher or monogram, "GR" for Georgeus Rex or King George. It flanks a Rhode Island anchor. In the center of the plate is a female figure labeled "America" standing on a broken chain and a belt bearing the inscription "Patria cara, carior Libertas" or "Nation is dear, but Liberty is dearer."
Specific History
On October 28, 1774, the Rhode Island General Assembly chartered the Newport Light Infantry as a voluntary association of local citizens. These citizens wanted to form a company to obtain better military training than the colonial militia provided. The infantry, 100 strong, demonstrated its patriotic fervor and could be seen around Newport uniformed and armed. With the occupation of Newport by the British in 1776, the company ceased to exist.
General History
A miter is a ceremonial, peaked headdress.
Object Name
cap, miter
cap, mitre
date made
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 10 in x 8 1/4 in x 8 1/4 in; 25.4 cm x 20.955 cm x 20.955 cm
Place Made
United States: Rhode Island, Rhode Island, Newport
Associated Place
United States: Rhode Island
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
catalog number
related event
American Revolution
Revolution and the New Nation
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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