This three cornered hat is made from top quality wool felt. The edges have been trimmed even and the sides are held up or "cocked" with 3/4" (20mm) antiqued metal buttons on the back and right side.
The brim measures about 4.25" to 4.5" and the crown is about 4" high.
On the left side is a 4" cockade made of 7/8" gold grosgrain ribbon. In the center of this cockade is another Star Shank Button that matches the ones on the back and other side. Button Metal - Antique Silver or Antique Gold
George Washington's quote:
“As the Continental Army has unfortunately no uniforms, and consequently many inconveniences must arise from not being able to distinguish the commissioned officers from the privates, it is desired that some badge of distinction be immediately provided; for instance that the field officers may have red or pink colored cockades in their hats, the captains, yellow or buff, and the subalterns, green. July 23, 1775” Subalterns were the junior officers with ranks of lieutenant, cornet, ensign and subaltern (flag-bearer).
A Buttoned Tricorn with the red or green cockade is available by custom order.
The wool felt body will be blocked and sized when finished.
NOTE - Made to Order - Please allow a couple of 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. Order a 2X if your head measures larger than 24" and we will stretch it to fit.
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
2X - 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 once it is posted; plus, 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.
They can be found here: www.etsy.com/listing/777727203
Visit our Hats and Headwear section for this hat without the cockade!
Other Officer's Cockades - Gold - Red - Green.
The tricorne or tricorn (three-cornered hat) is a style of hat that was popular during the 17th and 18th centuries. During that time period this general style were referred to as "cocked hats". At the peak of its popularity, the cocked hat (tricorn) varied greatly in style and size, and was worn not only by the aristocracy, but also as common civilian dress, and as part of military and naval uniforms.
The hat's most distinguishing characteristic was that three sides of the brim were turned up (cocked) and either pinned, laced or buttoned in place to form a triangle around the crown. The hat was typically worn with the point facing forward.
Tricorns ranged from the very simple to the extravagant, occasionally incorporating gold or silver lace trimming and feathers. In addition, military and naval versions usually bore a cockade or other national emblem at the front.
HISTORY: The tricorn appeared as a result of the evolution of the broad-brim round hat. By pledging (binding) the brims, a triangular shape was obtained. This shape was favored by Spanish soldiers and in 1667, war broke out between France and Spain in the Spanish Netherlands. During the subsequent military struggle, its use spread to the French armies. The style was brought back to France, where its usage spread to the French population and the royal court of King Louis XIV, who made it fashionable throughout Europe, both as a civilian and military wear. They remained one of the predominant European styles of hat throughout the 18th century; however, by the 1800's they soon became out of style to be replaced by the bicorne.
In the United States, only the first five Presidents, from George Washington to James Monroe, wore this style of hat according to the fashion of the 18th century. James Monroe earned the nickname "The Last Cocked Hat" because of this.
More feathers are also available....
Ostrich, peacock and pheasant in the Supplies section.
Look for more hats in our Hats & Headwear section.
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Jun 22, 2020
I am very pleased with my purchase! Excellent quality, customer service, and shipping! I will definitely be making more purchases here in the future!