1812 History
Sir Isaac Brock's Hat
Description
Sponsors
1812 History
Department of Canadian Heritage This item is a part of the 1812 History digitization project. This project was made possible with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy.
Media Type
Object
Description
This is a black beaver felt hat with an ostrich feather, brass braids and bullion at its peaks. It also has a linen band trim, a black cockade and a double brass coin chain that run to buttons on the top and bottom. The hat is a regulation issue of 1812 for General staff officers of his Majesty’s army. The hat was ordered from England by Sir Isaac Brock and arrived after his death at the battle of Queenston Heights. During his funeral, in 1824 and 1853, the hat was placed on the coffins. Many of the local militia men tried the hat on for size which caused considerable wear to the artefact.

This military hat style evolved from the true tri-cornered hat of the early 18th century into the bi-corn of the American Revolution--a hat that had a more tightly pinched front corner and a larger fantail at the back of the hat. It is still a three cornered hat but with two of the corners more pronounced. By the 1790's this type of "cocking" was more pronounced and the hat looked more like a two cornered hat with a very slight third peak.
Date of Original
1812
Subject(s)
Local identifier
971.275.1(A)
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Recommended Citation
Image courtesy of the Niagara Historical Society & Museum
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Niagara Historical Society Museum
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43 Castlereagh Street

P.O. Box 208

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

L0S 1J0

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Sir Isaac Brock's Hat


This is a black beaver felt hat with an ostrich feather, brass braids and bullion at its peaks. It also has a linen band trim, a black cockade and a double brass coin chain that run to buttons on the top and bottom. The hat is a regulation issue of 1812 for General staff officers of his Majesty’s army. The hat was ordered from England by Sir Isaac Brock and arrived after his death at the battle of Queenston Heights. During his funeral, in 1824 and 1853, the hat was placed on the coffins. Many of the local militia men tried the hat on for size which caused considerable wear to the artefact.

This military hat style evolved from the true tri-cornered hat of the early 18th century into the bi-corn of the American Revolution--a hat that had a more tightly pinched front corner and a larger fantail at the back of the hat. It is still a three cornered hat but with two of the corners more pronounced. By the 1790's this type of "cocking" was more pronounced and the hat looked more like a two cornered hat with a very slight third peak.