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I believe New York National Guard. A picture of the inside lining would be helpful to determine age as that style of headgear was used well into the 20th Century including and still today by West Point Cadets.

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Seeking Model 1895 and 1902 Named Officer coats as well as Spanish American War Tropical Uniforms.
Also pre WW2 marine uniforms. Always pre-1945 Colorado National Guard Items wanted! Also seeking Rhodesian

Uniforms and Gear used by Americans in the Rhodesian Security Forces during the Bush War (Africa).

 

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Hey Frank,

 

Agreed it's in the style of your basic cadet shako that still exists today.

 

19th century State National Guards were able to design uniforms of their own choosing. So you can't look up some army general orders and nail down the date. My guess is any time post civil war onward.

 

The key of course is the badge. And research. This is how I do it:

1.) Google "National Guard" shako badge medal pin hat "pom-pon" etc. in different combinations. Be sure to try "new york" in a couple searches because you got that tip. Etc etc.

2.) Look at images and scroll down. It may take you 1, 10 , 20 or more different searches before you find something similar, or give up.

3.) You ID the badge. Then Google what you discovered, "new jersey" "national Guard" dress parade 1886 1888 1918 etc. etc. and look at images. Look at every image for soldiers in shakos. With luck, it's a blog with photos and info about someone's g-great grandfather and what he did before he met g-great grandma.

 

That's all the fun. And you end up discovering so much more that helps you ID stuff in the future.

 

Good luck!

- Comstock

 

 

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In memory of Honored Uncle William Comstock of Saybrook Connecticut, age 16, murdered by the traitor Benedict Arnold at Fort Trumbull CT, Sept. 6, 1781. Son of Pvt. Samuel Comstock III, brother of Pvt. Samuel Comstock IV, 6th Regiment, Connecticut Line. Your sacrifice is not forgotten. God Bless America. - Kurt C.

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Based on the lining of the bill and construction: early 20th century.

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Seeking Model 1895 and 1902 Named Officer coats as well as Spanish American War Tropical Uniforms.
Also pre WW2 marine uniforms. Always pre-1945 Colorado National Guard Items wanted! Also seeking Rhodesian

Uniforms and Gear used by Americans in the Rhodesian Security Forces during the Bush War (Africa).

 

Fortune cookie say: "An expert is someone that knows so much about so little."

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