Indian Wars Era New York State “Excelsior Brigade” Shako


A NYS militia shako identified to a member of the 27th Regt., “The Excelsior Brigade.”

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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.” ┬áThe 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).



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Weight 6 lbs