Lighthouse keeper's hat, Cape Elizabeth, ca. 1844

Contributed by Museum at Portland Head

Description

Lighthouse keepers wore this hat with the U.S. Lighthouse Service insignia as part of their dress uniform.

The dress uniform, introduced in 1844, included the keeper's hat of dark indigo-blue wool with a black leather visor.

The insignia identified lighthouse keepers and symbolized their dedication to the safety of the mariner. The embroidered, blue patch shows the lighthouse in white surrounded by gold leaf.

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About This Item

  • Title: Lighthouse keeper's hat, Cape Elizabeth, ca. 1844
  • Creation Date: circa 1844
  • Subject Date: circa 1844
  • Town: Cape Elizabeth
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: cloth
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Museum at Portland Head
1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
(207) 799-2661
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