Mason's dress hat, Portland, ca. 1885

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Mason's dress hat, Portland, ca. 1885

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Men’s military and fraternal organization hats, like women’s hats of the time, often included feather decorations.

William Sheafe (1861-1935) of Portland and Millbridge owned this General Regulation chapeau featuring a red Masonic cross emblem and Ostrich feather plume in the center. Maine Historical Society caretakes Sheafe’s entire Mason’s uniform, along with two photographs of Sheafe and his wife, Mary Etta Sheafe.

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  • Title: Mason's dress hat, Portland, ca. 1885
  • Creator: Schuyler, Hartley & Graham
  • Creation Date: circa 1885
  • Subject Date: circa 1885
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Silk, Leather, Ostrich feathers
  • Local Code: 2011.387.005
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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