British Grenadierís Bearskin Cap
Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History, Behring Center

British Grenadierís Bearskin Cap

Date: 1768
Catalog #: UH 259    Accession #: 1980.0399
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 13.5" H x 10" W x 7" D

Physical Description

British Grenadierís bearskin cap. Bearskin on leather, red wool bag on back, white cord tassel, laminate of copper backed with tin crown. The front plate is stamped with the British royal cipher or monogram, ďGRĒ for Georgeus Rex or King George. Above is the Royal motto, nec aspera terrent or difficulties be damned.

General History

During the American Revolution, European armies organized their infantry regiments into four to six companies of line infantry and two flank companies of specialized soldiers. One specialized flank was the Grenadiers. Their name was derived from their primary weapon, the grenade, a hand held fuse bomb. British regiment who fought in America wore these hats to denote their special role as elite troops.


Countries: Great Britain, United States
War: War of American Independence