Made from a black wool hat body. (We do our best to represent the colors of the hats accurately, but lighting and monitor differences may vary.)
This colonial two cornered hat is made from top quality wool felt. It's a real hat, not a cheap costume cloth one! The edges have been trimmed with black fold-over braid. The brim had been "cocked" with waterproof adhesive. This hat was made to be worn side to side with a flat front.
These hats are unlined.
The brim measures about 4.25" to 4.5" and the crown is about 4" high.
It is embellished with gold cording and tassels as well as vertical grosgrain ribbon stripes. Middy braid with a leather button holds on the infantry officer's cockade. The double cockade has a gold star button.
Based on the hat worn by the Army State Corps of Topographical Engineers. See last picture for reference. Rooster feathers coming soon!
The wool felt body will be blocked and sized when finished.
NOTE - Made to Order - Please allow at least 3 days for us to make this hat especially for you!
NOTICE: Please measure around your forehead and send us that measurement so we can block the hat especially for you. Below is a guideline for ordering the size felt blank we will use in making your hat.
S - fits up to 21 1/2" head
M - fits up to 22 1/2" head
L - fits up to 23" head
XL - fits up to 23 1/2" head
2XL - fits up to 24" head
3X - fits up to 24 5/8" head
We ship via USPS - Priority Mail - Insured for safety so that you will receive your package in 2-3 days and you can track it on-line.
ATTENTION: We highly recommend a Hat Jack for any of your wool felt hats to keep them from shrinking as well as maintaining their proper shape. When the sides of a hat are "cocked" up, it has a tendency to become misshaped when in storage due to moisture in the atmosphere as well as perspiration.
HAT JACKS can be found here: www.etsy.com/listing/777727203
HISTORY: The bicorne or bicorn (two-cornered/horned or bihorn) is a historical form of hat descended from the tricorn. It was widely adopted in the 1790s as an item of uniform by European and American military and naval officers. Worn in America in the War of 1812. It is now most readily associated with Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821) but in practice most generals and staff officers of the time period wore bicornes, and it survived as a widely worn full-dress headdress until at least 1914. The bicorne was widely worn until World War I as part of the full dress of officers of most of the world's navies. It survived to a more limited extent between the wars for wear by senior officers in the British, French, US, Japanese and other navies until World War II but has now almost disappeared in this context.
Bicornes ranged from the very simple to the extravagant, occasionally incorporating gold or silver lace trimming and feathers especially for officers. In addition, military and naval versions usually bore a cockade or other national emblem at the front or right side, depending on how the hat was worn. Worn in the side-to-side "athwart" style during the 1790s, the bicorne was normally seen fore-and-aft in most armies and navies from about 1800 on. The French gendarme continued to wear their bicornes in the classic side-to-side fashion until about 1904 as do the Italian Carabinieri in their modern full dress.
During the early years of the revolution (1775) the colonist wore cockades of various colors to mark the officer's rank; however, in 1780 they reverted back to wearing the black cockade they inherited from their mother country and added a smaller white one on top of the black cockade to show their alliance with France during the war. In 1790, the solid black cockade was re-established with a white (silver) eagle in the center and was still worn in the War of 1812.
QUOTE by James McHenry, January 9, 1799 - "All persons belonging to the army, to wear a black cockade, with a small white eagle in the centre. The cockade of non-commissioned officers, musicians and privates, to be of leather, with eagles of tin." Later the brass eagle was added to designate the artillery units from the infantry.
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