Nautical Antiques & Marine Art at Land and Sea Collection™ Dive Helmets, Ship Models, Sextants

British Army Napoleonic Era Full Dress Cocked Hat Bicorn

Home
About Us ~ Land And Sea Collection™
Distinguished CLIENTS & CORPORATIONS of Land And Sea Collection™
IMPORTANT RECENT SALES by Land And Sea Collection™
CONSIGN with or SELL to Land And Sea Collection™
STORE POLICIES at Land And Sea Collection™ ~ Terms of Sale
PAY HERE - View Cart - Shipping
SITE MAP & Index by Land And Sea Collection™
FEATURED ITEMS from Land And Sea Collection™
NAUTICAL ANTIQUES by Land And Sea Collection™
BIG BOYS' TOYS by Land And Sea Collection™
CLASSIC MOTORBOAT & SAILBOAT MODELS by Land And Sea Collection™
RARE MUSEUM OWNED SWORDS by Land And Sea Collection™
AMERICAN SILVER HILT SWORDS SABERS by Land And Sea Collection™
ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE BINNACLE, COMPASS, HELMS & TELEGRAPHS By Land And Sea Collection™
#Antique John Bliss Skylight Binnacle
ANTIQUE DRY CARD COMPASSES by Land And Sea Collection™
#Antique Robert Merrill Sons Boxed Dry Card Dinghy Compass
#Rare Antique Ritchie Twin Cylindrical Beam Boxed Ship's Compass
#NEGUS Polished Brass Tell Tale Compass Large
ANTIQUE FLINTLOCK & PERCUSSION PISTOLS by Land And Sea Collection™
ANTIQUE SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS by Land And Sea Collection™
ANTIQUE SEXTANTS, OCTANTS & NAVIGATION INSTRUMENTS by Land And Sea Collection™
#C. Plath's Earliest Bronze Frame Sextant
#Troughton & Simms Double Frame Polished Brass Presentation Sextant
#Giant Antique Presentation Octant Gold Gilt Ca 1770
ANTIQUE MARITIME NAVAL SWORDS & CIVIL WAR WEAPONS by Land And Sea Collection™
#M 1852 Horstmann & Son Naval Officers Sword Ca 1860
#Colt M 1861 Navy Cap & Ball Revolver & Slim Jim Holster
#War of 1812 Officer's Eagle Head Sword & Scabbard Simon Helvig and Fils
ANTIQUE SHIPS MARINE NAVIGATION LIGHTS LAMPS & LANTERNS Land And Sea Collection™
#100 Year Old U.S. Navy Polished Brass Navigation Sidelights
AUTHENTIC ANTIQUE NAUTICAL FURNISHINGS & DECOR by Land And Sea Collection™
#American Schooner Yacht Shadowbox - Diorama Ca 1880
#44 Inch Carved American Eagle Artistic Carving Co.
Painting New York State Militia Officer
DIVING HELMETS ANTIQUE and VINTAGE by Land And Sea Collection™
#Poseidon Gold CYKLON Regulator & Presenation Case Mint
WE BUY OLD VINTAGE DIVING HELMETS Land And Sea Collection™
VINTAGE DIVE KNIVES, DIVE PUMPS & DIVE GEAR by Land And Sea Collection™
ANTIQUE VINTAGE SIGNAL SALUTE & SHIPS CANNONS by Land And Sea Collection™
#Royal Horse Artillery 6 Pound Miniature Sterling Presentation Field Cannon
#Revolutionary War 6 Pound Field Signal Cannon Miniature
AUTHENTIC SHIPS FIGUREHEADS at Land And Sea Collection™
ANTIQUE & VINTAGE BOAT & SHIP MODELS by Land And Sea Collection™
#Fine Handcrafted Famous American Clipper Ship Cased Model
#Antique Diorama of Sailing Ship ALBUS Michael Gregory Captain
#Four Masted Bark Vintage Sailor-made Model Massive Ca 1920
VINTAGE RADIO CONTROL MODELS by Land And Sea Collection™
UNDERSTANDING HALF HULL MODELS by Land And Sea Collection™
ANTIQUE BUILDER'S HALF HULL MODELS Page Two by Land And Sea Collection™
#Royal Yacht Squadron Tatania Half Model Ca 1850
#Large American Pilot Boat Half Model Ca 1860
ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE HALF HULL BOAT MODELS by Land And Sea Collection™
#NOAA Tank Test Submarine Support Ship Half Hull Model
MINIATURE VINTAGE MODEL SHIPS by Land And Sea Collection™
MILITARY, NAVAL KNIVES, DAGGERS, DIRKS by Land And Sea Collection™
CIVIL WAR & WARD LINES SHIP CAPTAIN'S ARCHIVE by Land And Sea Collection™
US NAVY - ROYAL NAVY ARTIFACTS & RELICS by Land And Sea Collection™
#Blueprint Sloop of War USS Wasp Ca 1806
#Early China Export Trade Silver Bosun's Pipe - Call
#Watercolor Painting of HMS Victory 1737
#Watercolor Painting of Royal Navy 38 Gun Frigate Class of 1793 Signed
Battleship USS North Carolina BB 55 Vintage Model
AUTHENTIC ROYAL NAVY UNIFORMS and MEDALS by Land And Sea Collection™
VINTAGE AIRPLANE MODELS by Land And Sea Collection™
#JUNKERS JU 52 "Iron Annie" Airplane Model Larger Size
NEW SEXTANTS - ASTRA III B DELUXE by Land And Sea Collection™
USED SEXTANTS PREMIUM BRANDS by Land And Sea Collection™
#Presenation Quality 3 Ring Sextant Capt. P.V.H. Weems Provenance
#Latest C. Plath "Traditional" Model Sextant Mint
FINE MARINE ART, MARINE PAINTINGS & FOLK ART by Land And Sea Collection™
#A Trio of Sailors at the Ship's Rail Oil on Canvas
#GRAND TURK of Salem, 1815 Watercolor Painting as in Peabody Museum
#Royal Navy Midshipman in the Rigging - Watercolor Ca 1785
#Antique John Bellamy Style Carved American Eagle
Artistic Carving Co. American Eagle
#Ward Line Ship Portrait USS NIAGARA Fredrick S. Cozzens Original Watercolor 1888
#Antique Shipbuilder's Colored Advertising Ship Drawing
MILITARY HEAD GEAR COVERS & HATS by Land And Sea Collection™
AUTHENTIC VINTAGE U.S. NAVY & SHIPS BELLS by Land And Sea Collection™
What There Is To Know About US Navy Bells
#US Vietnam Era Navy Bell & Later Aluminum Bracket
RADIO ROOM CLOCKS - by Land And Sea Collection™
VINTAGE NAVY & MARITIME SHIPS CLOCKS by Land And Sea Collection™, Chelsea, Seth Thomas
#Hamilton 22 Gimbaled Deck Clock & Case
#Seth Thomas WW II US Navy Deck Clock No. 1
#Vintage Chelsea Ship's Bell Clock Hinged Bezel 5 Stars
SHIPS LIGHTING LANTERNS NAVIGATION LAMPS BRASS by Land And Sea Collection™
Perkins Marine Combination Navigation Lamp
ABOUT OUR MODELS by Land And Sea Collection™
HALF HULL MODELS by Land And Sea Collection™
CONTEMPORARY NAUTICAL ART, MARINE PAINTINGS OF CLASSIC SEASCAPES by Land And Sea Collection™
WOOLWORKS BRITISH WOOLIES by Land And Sea Collection™
#Woolie of Sail Assisted Four Masted British Steamship Sailor Made Wool Work
ARCHIVES of Land And Sea Collection™ raytest
LINKS

British Army Napoleonic Era General's Full Dress Cocked Hat Bicorn

 

BRITISH ARMY NAPOLEONIC ERA GENERAL'S FULL DRESS COCKED HAT

Britis

 

Presented is an English cocked hat or bicorne of the high quality beaver felt and gold bullion trim. Considering its age, it is in very good condition because it must have been worn regularly and was passed down in time without the protection afforded by a carrying case.  The hat has a ribbed band of gold embroidery along its upper edges and a band of wider gold bullion with a domed gold button at the bottom. There is no cockade. The interior of the hat features a brown hat band and brown silk liner imprinted with Christys - London. No size is given , but the hat's circumfrence is 21" and it is  18" L x 8 1/4" W x 9 1/4" H 

The British Royal Army Museum informs us that it is of the rank of a general officer.

THE BICORN or COCKED HAT were derived from the 18th Century three corner covers that were called "Tricorne" by the French.  Later, one corner was eliminated and the two remaining ends became more pointed. The front brim was called the cock and the rear was called the fan. The right side, frequently had an insignia known as a cockade. In England they were known as cocked hats and in France as bicorne.

Originally, the points were worn from shoulder to  shoulder as with this hat until the end of the Napoleonic Era, and later they were worn front to back.  The band in this hat and the label show that this hat was intended to be worn with the ends going slightly offset from shoulder to shoulder.

The bicorne was widely worn until just before WW II as part of the full dress of officers of most of the world's navies, but after the War its use diminished, except when used in formal diplomatic dress. 

Bottom of bicorn hat image
Inside liner showing  maker as Christy-London image
   The bottom and the inside liner of the hat showing Christy-London as the maker 
 

CONDITION: The hat shows  wear marks along the lower edge with more on the right side showing that it was frequently carried while walking. There are also some wear marks on the top right and the lower left rear. The head liner is in very good condition.

THE MAKER: Christys & Co Ltd in England has operations dating back to 1773, starting with King George III. Christys' is the only company in the world still making high quality top hats and bowlers in the traditional way, using hatting skills established over 200 years ago and keeping a valuable British industry very much alive.

The Christys London® brand was established by Miller Christy in 1773 who, following his apprenticeship to a hatter in Edinburgh, created his own company which was to grow over several generations.  Miller Christy set up his first partnership with fellow Quaker, Joseph Storrs at No.5 Whitehart Court, London. This was where the first Christys' hat shop was opened, moving later to Gracechurch Street which remained the London address of the business until 1954. The main hatworks however was in Bermondsey until partnerships with Stockport manufacturers took place in 1824.  Stockport in Cheshire was a hub of hat-making in England in the 1700s and 1800s, with 53 hatting firms there by 1864, including Christys. Stockport Museum is home to ‘The Christy Collection’, testimony to the influence the company had in this proud hatting town. The Christy Papers include a 500 page booklet detailing its trade marks registered around the world at the height of the British Empire.

At its height, the Stockport factory alone employed 3,000 local people and was always managed by direct descendants of the company’s founder. By 1843 Christy s' was the largest hat and cap making factory in the world. Queen Elizabeth, the late Queen Mother visited the Stockport factory in 1963 having commissioned Christy's to make miniature hats for Queen Elizabeth II’s dolls house many years earlier.

 
Front of British Army bicorn image
Back of British Army bicorn image

     Both sides of the British Army Napoleonic Era bicorn  

 
British officer wearing other bicorn imageBritish officer wearing bicron image
Two British Napoleonic Era officers wearing different styles of bicorn hats  

 

Showing wear at top of bicorn image

Showing wear at rim of bicorn image

                               Showing wear at the peak of the hat and along the lower rim                 
 
STANDARD FLAT RATE SHIPPING, INSURANCE & PACKING to 48 contiguous States, $40.00

OUR UNCONDITIONAL NO NONSENSE GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original packaging. Return items must be insured for their full value. Only a prior email authorization by us for the return is required. Shipping charges within the continental United States are  included in this offer if the error is due to our fault. 

International buyers welcome, but inquire first. We have satisfied customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Republic of China, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, New Hebrides (Vanuatu), New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Nova Scotia, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, St. Maarten, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USVI, Vanuatu (New Hebrides) and the Eastern Caribbean.

ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT are Bank wire transfer, cashier's check, or personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared. Our prices are quoted net to seller, but credit cards may be accepted through PayPal for verified members by special arrangement.

     This relic is of exceptional quality and rarity and belongs in a collection of only the finest.


Copyright 2016 by Land And Sea Collection™, All Rights Reserved