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Polish Rogatywka Shako of Polish Patriotic Organization in USA


Late 19th/Early 20th Century, USA

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Polish hat of the paramilitary organization of the Polish diaspora from the United States from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. A rare example of a complete headgear.

The headgear is a hybrid of the Polish rogatywka and the 19th-century leather headgear, used by the European uhlan (Prussian and Austrian) units, the so-called “tschapka” from the Polish – czapka.

  The rogatywka is about 29 cm high. The body of the helmet is made of black leather. The upper part expanding upwards trimmed with red material, visible abrasions and wear. A fabric braid is visible around the square rim.

In the upper part of the cap, there is a removable plume made of horsehair. The plume is inserted into a special hole in the upper part of the cap.

On the front there is a large silver-plated Polish crowned eagle with wings spread upwards. Chinstrap in the style of a fish scale, fastened on both sides with large buttons with a Polish eagle. Leather liner tied with a braided cord.

A similar cap is visible in the book of Mr. Tomasz Zawistowski ( Polskie Orły do Czapek w latach 1917-1919 ) page 94, photo number 174.

  Object after profesional conservation where weak elements were secured. A missing side button and chinstrap were added.