Unlike our other tricorn's this one has a higher front as seen in the Yorktown painting. This three cornered hat is made from a top quality wool felt hat blank. The edges have been trimmed. and the sides are held up or "cocked" with "x" lacings.
An American black cockade with a white center (showing their alliance with France) has a 3/4" metal star button in the center. This double cockade measures approx. 4" across and is one of our largest. It embellishes the left side of the hat and is fastened to the laces with a bar pin.
We have posted a picture of Washington holding a tricorn with an alliance cockade for reference.
There is also the painting "Surrender of Lord Cornwallis" by John Trumbull, depicting the British surrendering to French (left) and American (right) troops at the Siege of Yorktown. Oil on canvas, 1820. (Notice some of the American troops have red feathers. Is this the replacement for the red cockade of the field officer? Do the white ones indicate officers? Anybody know?)
The hat body has been blocked and sized.
Available in S, M, L, XL
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!
Small - up to 22"
Medium - 22 - 22 1/2"
Large - 22 5/8 - 23"
XLarge - 23 1/2 - 24"
In 1780, the military cockade system was changed from the officer's colors (red, gold and green) to black with a white center. France had entered the war against Britain in 1778 and France’s cockade was white. Thus, as a symbol of the two nations’ alliance, George Washington established that the American cockade would be an Alliance Cockade – black with a white center. Many of the French troops likewise wore an Alliance Cockade of white with a black center. Convo us if you want to custom order a tricorn with a French Alliance Cockade!
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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.
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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