RM740 US Civil War Chesseur Pattern Infantry Leather Shako. The front brass plate has a stamped American Eagle, Shield, and Infantry Horn. The Shield paint is 80% complete but blue paint around the Infantry Horn has mostly worn away with only about 20% remaining. Top of crown bears a 2" diameter, circular metal cockade decorated with a red center and concentric rings of white and dark blue paint that has only light paint loss. Extending from the top front cover of the shako is a much-faded, blue-green with beige colored pom pom. Stitching is tight and complete. Exterior Leather is stiff but complete The original Black Leather Sweatband is intact, it does show some light wear and flaking, Still looks great for it's age and will display beautifully!
Ordered by the War Department from Paris as part of 10,000 complete chasseur uniforms in 1861. Issued to five Northern regiments including the 18th Massachusetts, 62nd and 83rd Pennsylvania, also the 72nd New York and regiments in New York's Excelsior Brigade.
Measures 6 1/2" Tall without Pom Pom, 8 3/4" with Pom Pom, 9 1/2" Front to Back, and 6 1/2" Side to Side.