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Accession number 1999.67
Catalog Number 1999.67.2
Object Name Shako
Description U.S. Pattern Marine Corps Tarbucket Shako with Marine Corps Eagle and a 6 inch white linear pompom. This typical 1820's Tarbucket is entirely made of leather and carries its original eagle, which is listed in the Smithsonian series as a device found on Marine Corps Tarbuckets. It retains a small leather cockade at the center of the front with a small button decorated with an eagle with an "I" on the shield and the chinstrap. During the Second Seminole War the River boats carried out warfare with the Seminoles and the Marines took an active part. The Marine Corps was still wearing this style of Shako. The eagle is the Marine Corps eagle. Gilt-brass decorative side buttons with an eagle in relief and an oak leaf border are still intact.

2/10/11: Pedro Zepeda, the head of Outreach, does not think that the white pompom is original. He feels that it is too clean and white.

The Tools of War exhibition label (2011) reads: Authorized by the U.S. Army in 1820, the leather bell crowned cap or tarbucket shako replaced the Belgic-style cap of the War of 1812. Inspired by the flared top shakos of the Russian Army it reflected the latest taste in military fashion. In 1832 a new felt cap was prescribed, and in 1834 all the remaining old-style leather caps were ordered to be turned in. the surplus caps were sold to the marine Corps, which continued to use this style for a considerable amount of time afterwards. Influenced by the dress of the aristocratic armies of Europe, the American militia embraced this most fashionable style perhaps even before the regular U.S. forces did.
Date c. 1820
Dimensions H-15 W-10 D-10 inches
Collection Militaria
Imagefile 006\1999672.JPG