Cocked hat, France, 1790-1831

Made:
1790-1831 in Metz

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Cocked hat, beaver, belonging to military surgeon, French, 1790-1831. Full view, graduated matt black perspex
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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.

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DisplayLocation:
Science Museum, Making the Modern World Gallery
Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A158237
type:
hat
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • headgear
credit:
Maison Cannessa
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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