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
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.
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.
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 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.
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”
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.
normal marks of age and nothing more. It is in good sturdy condition. There is no key.
3/4″ H Packed weight 8 lbs 12 oz
Brass bound leather carrying case
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