US Navy
Full Dress Sword & Cocked Hat Kit
Mint

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U.S. NAVY FULL DRESS COCKED HAT, SWORD BELT, EPAULET KIT Ca 1939

French Gold Bullion!
Presented is a cocked hat, sword belt rig, and epaulets of the highest quality and extremely
rare for someone of this rank to have worn for “Dress”. It is in “Near New” condition and shows only the slightest evidence
of use. Because the wearing of the cocked hat and epaulets was discontinued in 1940, we believe this set to date from about
that time.
The articles
were sold by the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman’s Shop, but the epaulets are made in France which accounts for their high
quality. All the gear is housed in a leather brass bound case that also shows little use.
THE COCKED HAT: was worn by officers with full dress uniforms commonly refereed to
as a “fore and aft” hat or bicorne. 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 small
black ribbon cockade at the center. The interior of the hat features a brown hat band and blue silk liner. It is marked
size 7 1/8 and is  17 3/4″ L x 6 1/2″ W x 5″ H    

The Cocked Hat or Bicorne
CONDITION:
The hat shows a wear mark on the front and back of the crown from where the top of the case rested. There are also some 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. The gold bar of rank at the outside end is that of Ensign and a silver bullion anchor
is behind followed by a button embossed with the American eagle over crossed flags. The underside is marked with a shield
withe “Meyer” in the center and is stamped at the shoulder end, “Made in France”
       Perfect Right shoulder
          Perfect Left Shoulder
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 28 inches with an additional 4 inches available for further adjustment.
The leather tongue is stamped 32. The unmarked gold washed metal buckle is in perfect condition. After 1852,
the standard sword belt was to be of black glazed leather.
                   Full Dress cocked hat kit in case  
THE CASE: is leather and brass bound with three latches. The case shows the
normal marks of age and nothing more. It is in good sturdy condition. There is no key.
Size: 18 1/2″ L x 8″  W x 6
3/4″ H     Packed weight 8 lbs 12 oz

Brass bound leather carrying case                 

 

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, INSURANCE & PACKING to 48
contiguous States,
$30.00

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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. 
 

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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 are refundable if due to our error within the continental United States.

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