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Object Name Helmet
Other Name Uniform/Cap
Object Number 1879.1.2
Collection Stafford
Description made of black "jack" leather; billed; false peak has a silver or pewter plate on front showing a charging dragoon (man riding a horse carrying a sword; an eagle carrying a wreath above them); creased leather on false peak and bill; false peak tacked on in 3 places; no chin scales; horsehair comb on top; horsehair was originally white but now is gray-brown; remnants of a plume; small awl holes running from front to back on both sides of comb; underside of bill was "kipped; liner seamed at centers; cardboard liner for spacers; kipped leather liner attached to linen sizing band with a drawstring
Year Range to 1814.0
Year Range from 1808.0
Dimension Details shell: 19cm (7 1/2") high
comb: 6cm (2 3/8") high x 27.9cm (11") from front to back
false peak: 20.3cm (8") high x 27.9cm (11") circumference
bill: 6cm (2 3/8") wide x 27.9cm (11") circumference
horsehair: 38cm (15") long
fabric band at bottom: 7cm (2 3/4") wide
Material leather; pewter; horsehair
Event Revolutionary War/War of 1812
Provenance According to the old catalog card this is an officer's helmet worn by Captain David Dye in the Revolutionary War. This provenance is questionable. In 1975, Joseph Thatcher and Michael Morell from the Ohio Historical Society did an article on this item calling it the "missing link" - a prototype - for the design of helmet between 1808 and 1814. They feel it is the first known example of the 1808 style dragoon helmet as worn during the War of 1812.
People Stafford, Sarah
Thatcher, Joseph
Morel, Michael Hall
Dye, David
Search Terms War of 1812
Revolutionary War
Captain David Dye
Joseph Thatcher
Michael Morel
Ohio Historical Society
Ken Hall
black "jack" leather
military equipment