US Army Model 1851 dress cap worn by William T. Sherman

US Army Model 1851 dress cap worn by William T. Sherman

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US Army Model 1851 dress cap worn by William Tecumseh Sherman. The shako-style hat is made of cardboard covered in a dark blue cloth, with a cap band of a dark blue wool with a gold thread insignia consisting of the letters "U.S." in a wreath. The hat's brim is missing but its black leather chin strap is still attached at one side with a US general service button. Sherman wore this cap when serving as a Captain in the Subsistence Department in 1851.
Object Name
cap
hat
shako
date made
ca 1851
wearer
Sherman, William Tecumseh
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
leather (chin strap material)
cardboard (overall material)
metal (button material)
Measurements
overall (boxed): 11 1/4 in x 11 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in; 28.575 cm x 29.21 cm x 29.21 cm
ID Number
AF.15932
catalog number
15932
accession number
59388
subject
Army
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William Tecumseh Sherman
Military
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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