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Tricorn Hat
National Museum of American History, Behring Center

Tricorn Hat

Date: 1779
Catalog #: 7176    Accession #: 32076
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 6" H x 16" W x 15" D

Physical Description

Black felt with cockades, which are ribbon roses or knots on either side..

Specific History

This hat was worn by Colonel Jonathan Pettibone, 18th Regiment, Connecticut Militia, when he was killed in a skirmish in Rye, New York on 26 September 1776. After his death the hat was worn by his son, Jonathan Pettibone, Jr.

General History

Militia troops did not have uniforms. They wore their civilian clothes when called to duty.


Country: United States
States: Connecticut, New York
War: War of American Independence
Service: Militia
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