Green Cockade on Trimmed Tricorn - Colonial Subaltern's Felt Hat - Irish 18th c.

$104.00



Be a revolutionary! This military style three cornered tricorn hat is made from top quality wool felt. The edges have been trimmed with 1/2" green gimp and the sides held up or "cocked" with narrow middy braid laces in an "x" shape. Black Hat Only

On the left side is a 4" cockade made of 7/8" green grosgrain ribbon for colonial junior officers and the Society of United Irishmen . (See G. Washington's quote below and the Irish History section.) In the center of this cockade is a metal shank button. There is a bar pin on the back so that it can be attached to the laces on the hat or removed to wear on clothing.

Your choice of Buttons: Silver Star, Gold Star, Silver Celtic Knot, Plain Silver or Plain Gold

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!

HAT SIZING
Measure around your forehead if you are unsure of your size. 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 once it is posted; plus, you can track it on-line.

AMERICAN COLONIAL OFFICER'S COCKADES
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”
NOTE: Subalterns were the junior officers with ranks of lieutenant, cornet, ensign and subaltern (flag-bearer).

IRISH HISTORY - A green flag was used in the Great Irish Rebellion in the 17th century. The color popped up again in the 1790's effort to bring republican politics to Ireland. A police report from that time period described the uniform of the Society of United Irishmen, as dark a green coat, green and white striped trousers and a felt hat with a GREEN COCKADE!

TRICORNS - 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.

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