Two cockades in one! An American black cockade with a white small cockade center (showing their alliance with France) held together with a 1" (25mm) metal anchor button. This is one of our largest cockade which measures approx. 4 1/2" across.
There is a bar pin on the back for attaching to cloth hats and clothing. Warning! The pin is not strong enough to go through heavy felt without bending and/or breaking.
Cockade only! The tricorn is pictured for reference only and can be found in the Hats and Headwear section.
Next to last picture is of Washington holding a tricorn with an alliance cockade.
Last picture shows 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?)
HISTORY: Continental Marines (1775-1783) aka "Colonial Marines", predecessor to the USMC, during the American Revolution
American Colonial Marines were the maritime-militiamen who served in Benedict Arnold's flotilla, George Washington's Marblehead Regiment, and the state navies against the British Army occupation during the American Revolutionary War.
HISTORY: 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.
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May 5, 2021
Beautifully made, high-quality ribbon, professional-grade historical details.