War of 1812 - Artefact of the Week - March 1, 2013

Uniform of an Officer of an American State or Territorial Militia

Parks Canada: X.77.779.1a-d

This remarkable artefact group from the War of 1812 era includes a cocked- hat, uniform coatee, waistcoat and sash. The hat is of black felt with a silver lace loop and a black stamped metal cockade with a silver eagle badge at its centre. The coatee is of a fine quality dark blue wool material with red facings, collar and cuffs, white metal buttons, white cloth turnbacks, silver lace on the collar and silver thread epaulet on the right shoulder. The sleeveless waistcoat is made of red wool with white metal buttons. The sash is of crimson silk.

The style of hat, coat, epaulet and the sash are symbols common to officers in both the British and American armies of the period. This particular uniform may be that of an officer of the militia of the Territory of Michigan.

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 Uniform of an Officer of an American State or Territorial Militia Uniform of an Officer of an American State or Territorial Militia
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