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Object Name: Shako
Date: 1861-1865
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Medium: Wool, cardboard, leather, metal
Dimensions: Overall: 7 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 9 in. ( 19 x 27.3 x 22.9 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, Philadelphia
Description: Shako with rigid, angled, cylindrical crown made of dark blue wool felt-covered cardboard; black leather top, visor, and chinstrap, the latter joined at either side by a brass button with shield-breasted eagle in relief.
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. De Witt M. Lockman
Object Number: 1931.78
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Marks: maker's label: inside top of crown: "4 / W. C. DARE, / Manufacturer, / 21 North Second St., / PHILA."

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William C. Dare is first listed as a hatter in Philadelphia directories in 1861. In 1860, he had received a contract for 15,000 U.S. Army hats; he had a contract for 40,000 in 1861, and a subsequent contract for 1,452 Light Artillery caps in 1864.