A NYS militia shako identified to a member of the 27th Regt., “The Excelsior Brigade.”
This shako made in the early to mid Indian Wars era, was made by Baker & McKenney, Military Goods Makers, of New York City. Constructed of wool felt body and trimmed in leather, the shako stands about 5 1/2 inches tall (excluding the Pompom). Complete with the original chinstrap and buckle held in place with the use of New York State side buttons; a false embroidered brass fitting accents the vent behind the crown, and in front the insignia for the Excelsior Brigade, a “E, B” in wreath.
The label in complete and bears the maker’s address as well as the name of the militiaman that wear this, “W.M. Clark” “D” Co., 27th.” The size is written on the label in period ink, 7 1/4.
Condition overall is fine + with light wear. Complete with the light blue Infantry Pompom mimicking the Federal color for infantry. (light Blue was used until 1880 then changed to white).