This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 08 October, 2009.
Widely seen in photographs this hat has a distinctive shape, which is unlike either the Model 1839 Forage cap or "Mechanic" style caps. The silhouette is more of a bellcrown shape akin to the early shakos of the period. The side panels of the crown are not only higher, but also have a convex shape to them. In keeping with the earlier construction method, the visor is reinforced with a leather welt along thattachment to the cap, and has a faux binding embossed along the edge. The sweatband is wide as was the custom of the period, and also retains the tape draw along the inner edge.
Police officers in many cities of the period are seen wearing this hat. Often adorned on the front with the unit number in stamped brass surrounded by a laurel wreath.
Photos courtesy of Officer William Hackley, Baltimore Police Department (retired), and the Naitonal Law Enforcement Museum