Made circa 1886 on.
Shakos if this type were popular with many state national guard and or militia units throughout the country beginning in the 1870s through the 90s period. The shako was sold through Ridabock & Company (formerly Baker & McKenny), New York. for the 7th New York Regiment of Artillery.
The body of the shako is pressed black felt finished in beaver fur, with leather being used on the crown, visor, chin strap and trim. The original sweatband is fine and intact. Side buttons are crossed cannons for artillery, and the shako plate is a circular panoply of cannon barrels and flag staff finials with the regimental numeral centered on a black enamel background. Both pieces are made of stamped brass. A red wool pompom completes the headgear.
The label has been torn, presumably due to the last wearer or family removing the name written within. Condition overall is fine, with some wear overall, soiling on pompom and some light patina on brass surfaces. A nice example.
Ridabock & Co. took over the Baker & McKenny firm in 1886.
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