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U.S. Navy Lieutenant's Cocked Hat, Sword Belt, Epaulet Kit
 

U.S. NAVY FULL DRESS COCKED HAT, SWORD BELT, EPAULETS KIT Lieutenant's Rank!

US Navy full dress cocked hat sword belt, epaulet kit image
French Gold Bullion!
 

Presented is a cocked hat, sword belt rig, and epaulets of the highest quality with a pedigree of being French made using only the highest quality Beaver felt for the hat and gold bullion for the epaulets. The bicorn cover shows wear with most of it on the backside since the cover was frequently carried by hand and rubbed against the sword belt. The epaulets on the other hand are like new with only a pleasant patina to show their age. The kit was sold by Schuele, Peppler & Kostens, of Annapolis, MD, but the epaulets and likely the cover were made in France which accounts for their high quality. Because a cocked hat and epaulets for the Full Dress uniform was discontinued in 1940, the kit likely dates to the 1920's or earlier since there is no record of the vendor after 1924, and this kit bears the higher rank of a lieutenant. When stationed at the Naval Academy, lieutenants frequently served as the midshipman company officers. All the gear is housed in a European style tin case that is in very good condition.

THE COCKED HAT: was worn by officers with full dress uniforms commonly refereed to as a "fore and aft" hat or bicorn. During the 1700's the hat was worn parallel to the shoulders, but in the 1800's was modified to be worn with the points to the front and back. Wearing of the Cocked Hat was discontinued on 12 October 1940 in the U.S. Navy.  

This hat is Beaver felt bound with gold bullion accouterments. On each end is a blue and gold tassel. The hat has a ribbed silk band of black embroidery along its upper edge and two bands of wide of gold bullion with a domed gilt brass button at the bottom. There is a large black ribbon cockade at the center. The interior of the hat features a brown hat band and white silk liner with the name of the vendor inscribed in the crown. It is marked size 7 1/2 and is  17 3/4" L x 6 5/8" W x 5 1/2" H.  In the tin case it weighs 6 lbs. 12 oz.

 

Obverse
Top view of cocked hat image
Reverse view of cocked hat image
The inside of the Size 7 1/2 inch bicorn hat image
                                        Four views of the size 7 1/2" Cocked Hat or Bicorn showing marks of use
 

CONDITION: The hat shows marks of wear primarily on the reverse side, but also one mark behind the cockade on the obverse and one on the top or crown where the epaulet holder rested. There are also some minor wear marks on the underside of the epaulets from where they rested in the brackets within the case. 

EPAULETS: The epaulets are of the finest French spun gold bullion with all the tassels in excellent condition only showing the desirable patina of age. The two silver bullion bars the shoulder is that of a lieutenant and a silver bullion anchor is behind precedes a button embossed with the American eagle over crossed flags. The underside is marked with right or let and is stamped at the shoulder end, "Made in France".

 
Uniform side of epaulets image
    Except for the desirable patina of age the epaulets are in near new condition 
 

SWORD BELT RIG: This rig is "like new" condition. It is of the six gold band style which is rarely found today. The size is set at 38 inches with an additional 1 inch available for adjustment.  The leather tongue is stamped 38. The unmarked gold washed metal buckle, properly called a plate, is in perfect condition. After 1852, the standard sword belt was to be of black glazed leather.

 
The sword belt buckle is of the 1909 Uniform Regulations image
 The size 38 belt is near new condition. The design of the plate is from the 1909 Uniform Regulations 

  

 
The bicorn, epaulets and sword belt all housed in carrying case image
                   Full Dress cocked hat kit stowed in case   
 
 

THE CASE is tin, coated in black lacquer with some loss of paint. The case shows the normal marks of age and nothing more. It is in good sturdy condition. There is a latch, but no lock or key. The top carries the badge of Schuele, Peppler & Kostens, Annapolis, MD of which there is no record after 1924. 

Size: 19" L x 7 1/2"  W x 7 1/2" H     Packed weight 6 lbs 12 oz

Closed cocked hat and epaulet case image
                                 The black lacquered tin case houses the belt, two epaulets and the bicorn hat               


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