Bicorne with Gold Trim - American Cocked Hat - War of 1812 - Napoleon


This 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 even and decorated with 1/2" gold gimp trim (other trims available) and a metal button. Your choice of Scroll, Star or Fleur de lis. The fleur de lis on the hat is no longer available. See last picture for the new style. Buttons are available in both gold and silver.

The brim is held up or "cocked" with small soutache "x" laces. This hat was made to be worn side to side with a flat front. Over time you could probably stretch it to wear either way, but in the beginning the hat will be oval with a definite front and back.

The bicorne or bicorn (two-cornered/horned or bihorn) is a historical form of hat 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 Napoleonic period wore bicornes, and it survived as a widely worn full-dress headdress until at least 1914.

Bicornes 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 or right side, depending on how the hat was worn.

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!

Measure around your forehead if you are unsure of your size. If you will be wearing a wig with this hat, please measure while wearing the wig. If you do not have the wig yet, we will add an extra size to help accommodate it. Just let us know!

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

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.

HISTORY: Descended from the tricorne, the black-coloured bicorne originally had the front and the rear halves turned up; there was usually a cockade in the national colors at the front. Later, the hat was worn with its two ends pointed front and back with the cockade at the right side. This kind of bicorne eventually became known in the English language as the cocked hat, although to this day it is still known in the French language as the bicorne.

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.

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.

More feathers are also available....
Ostrich, peacock and pheasant in the Supplies section.

Look for more hats in our Hats & Headwear section.

Shipping from United States

Processing time

1-3 business days

Estimated shipping times

  • North America : 2 - 3 business days

I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Payment Options

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 3 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 7 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale

Conditions of return

Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

Reviews (3)


Great quality! The seller was very responsive to all of my questions. It looks like she filled the order even on a holiday - the shipping time was fast. I saw one review where someone had to send a hat back because it was the wrong size. I suggest you measure your own head and then ask the seller which size you should order - She was very helpful with this. I will order more hats from her in the future. You pay a little more for quality. These hats are not cheap costume hats. You get more than what you pay for here.

Very high quality hat and personalized service. I got the hat amazingly fast and in time for the party. Thanks so much!!

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