An American colonial 3 1/2" cockade made with pleated black grosgrain ribbon. This cockade is the double version of our original 1812 cockade. There is a smaller cockade made of pleated grosgrain ribbon layered on top of the larger one held in place by a reproduction of an 1790-1821 Eagle Badge approx. 7/8" high and 1" wide. 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. White metal (pewter) for Infantry, Brass for Artillery.
The last picture shows an illustration of a U.S. Army general wearing a similar cockade; however, his has the next version of the eagle insignia that was worn from 1821 ti 1851. (This illustration is from "The United States Infantry: An Illustrated History, 1775-1918" by Gregory J.W. Urwin, Pg. 46). Generals typically wore gold, while Colonels wore silver. These cockades are available in both metals.
The hat seen in some of the pictures is NOT included in this listing. Our bicornes can be found in our Hats and Headwear section.
NOTE - Made to Order - Please allow a couple of days for us to make this cockade especially for you!
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HISTORY - The black cockade was worn in England to represent the Hanover monarchy (King George of Great Britain) beginning in 1714. In American, the Continental Army continued to wear black cockades.
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.
Look for more cockades in our Cockades and Rosettes section.
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