Original U.S. Seminole Wars Era Model 1824 Bell Crown “Tar Bucket” Shako
Original Item: Only One Available. Now this is an extremely rare and rather lovely M1824 Bell Crown. Although a portion of the eagle is absent, the overall condition is unusually exceptional. This style of hat was in use during the 1821-1835 period.
This is a very nice U.S. Militia bell crown "tar bucket" shako. Used by regular forces as well as militia units from 1820-1835. This very original example has a portion of the front eagle insignia missing but the majority remaining. Shako retains original bullion metallic silver thread braid, pressed leather rosette with star pattern militia button, silvered scalloped scales (a few loose), and silver eagle side rosettes. Nice arched drop in the back adds a more dramatic look to the overall form.
Overall shape is intact with a nice arched drop back still holding its overall shape. Typical crazing and expected period commensurate wear to the tarred black finish over pressed leather. Polished cloth lining is absent, with a 3 - 1/2" older repair to the sweatband, which is around 70% intact. Missing the ostrich plume but a hole is present if you would wish to add one. 95% original green paint under the visor is retained. The height is approximately 7 - 3/4".
A lovely example ready for display.
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