Non-regulation cap

This cap belonged to a member of Samuel Hood's (1724-1816) barge crew. It is made of wood that has been steamed, shaped and covered with brown velvet. The brim is of stiffened leather and has also been covered with brown velvet as well as Viscount Hood's crest, which has been embroidered in stumpwork. The interior of the hat is lined with linen and has the maker's label as well as the owner's name, John Lea. There are two holes for ribbon ties at the back which would have served to secure the hat. Officers often dressed their barge crews in non-regulation clothing such as this hat.

Object Details

ID: UNI0046
Collection: Uniforms; Textiles
Type: Cap
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Gibson and Peat
Date made: circa 1795
People: Hood, Samuel; Hood, Samuel
Credit: On loan to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London from a private collection
Measurements: Overall: 130 x 260 x 180 mm

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