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Grenadier Officer's Cap
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    3: Personal Artifacts; Clothing, Headwear; Hat, military uniform
    wool. metal thread
    grass, reed
    Grenadier officer's cap of embroidered silk velvet. Front panel of buff silk velvet embroidered with gold thread. Central motif of royal cipher GR bracketed by serpentine floral motif and surmounted by a padded crown of red plush and gold thread. Front flap of red silk plush ornamented with crossed flags behind a flaming grenade. Seams originally covered with metallic gold lace. Band of buff silk velvet continues to back where it is decorated with serpentine floral and leaf motifs between which sits a circular, flaming grenade. Much wear on silk velvet bag, and flaps, exposing buckram supports. Front panel supported by pasteboard, which remains intact.
    Height:10.5 in x Width:10 in
    French and Indian War
    United States -- History -- French and Indian War, 1755-1763
    Great Britain -- Colonies -- America -- Defenses.
    Great Britain -- History, Military -- 18th century.
    Great Britain.Army -- Officers.
    Research Notes:
    The story that the owner of this cap fell with the 32nd at Bunker Hill, Massachusetts, in 1775, cannot be verified. The original 1833 record book entry lists this as "An old Grenadier's cap, of a British Officer."
    Gift of H. G. Bowen
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