With Full Color Shield On Eagle Insignia
This is the first time for me having a Colorado staff officer’s full dress Chapeau de Bras. The chapeau closely resembles the 1872 U.S. Army pattern, but lacks a rear bullion tassel and never had one. The eagle insignia on the cockade is nicely done with a full color shield in red, white and blue silk threads, The button is of course Colorado staff.
The Beaver felt is generally in good shape with a few small areas where there is more wear from handling over the years. One of the black silk bands running down along side of the cockade has worn thin and torn away from its anchoring. It can be fixed and I choose not to do it. Someone had tried to sew it down at some point but it is no longer holding.
The gilt tassel is toning with age, but is in fine condition. Same with the cockade bullion; the button retains most of the original gilt finish.
The interior is red satin lined, and has some stress tears in the crown. The sweat band is in fine condition but some of the wrapping paper that originally came with the hat has adhered to the leather from heat, and could be removed. No maker info. No identification. About a size 7.