Cocked hat, beaver, belonging to military surgeon, French, 1790-1831
This hat was worn by a military surgeon in the French Army during the Napoleonic Wars (1803-15) in which Napoleon Bonaparte attempted, unsuccessfully, to build an Empire in Europe.
It was part of a colourful uniform with plenty of braid, buttons and buckles which would have become very unhygienic in the course of a military campaign. The brass medal on the front of the cocked beaver hat shows a snake coiled around a rod – the traditional symbol of medicine associated with Asklepios, the Greek and Roman god of healing.
- Science Museum, Making the Modern World Gallery
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- furnishing and equipment
- Maison Cannessa
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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