Cockade Insignia bearing both state seal and rank
This lieutenant colonel’s of staff chapeau de bras has a variant different from the federal pattern in that the rank of the officer is on the cockade insignia. Obviously the state seal for New York is in place of the federal eagle, but the rank is certainly a departure. The body of the hat is different from the US Model 1872 chapeau, which has a more streamline look, where this chapeau has a more flat appearance on the folded brims, and the body of the hat is more rounded.
The bullion is toned darker overall but has a great look, the silk banding has turned slightly brownish in color and in very good condition. The dual black ostrich feathers are ample and not thinning. The bullion tassels are holding fast in place and show the same amount of toning as the cockade bullion.
The interior is finished in Prussian Blue silk lining with the maker’s gilt embossed stamp, hard to make out, but the last name is “Graham.” The center hole is for a vent placed center on the crown.
Overall a fine hat that could date back to the Indian Wars and on into the Spanish American War era.