Napoleonic bicorne (or bicorn) with gold officer's litzen and French red, white and blue cockade. The bicorne (two-cornered/horned) is an archaic form of hat widely adopted in the 1790s as an item of uniform by European and American military and naval officers. It is now most readily associated with Napoleon Bonaparte, but in practice most generals and staff officers of the Napoleonic period wore bicornes, and it survived as a widely worn full-dress headdress until at least 1914. (EST $2500-$3500)
Cowan's Auctions will present the World at War and Modern Firearms Live Salesroom Auction on Aug. 21.
Bidding will start at 10 a.m. on a variety of collectibles from the French officer's chapeau above to items from the Mexican and Civil Wars, collections from the Spanish-American war and memorabilia from WWI and WWII.
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American, ca 1918. A large WWI United States Shipping Board and Emergency Fleet Corporation poster titled Teamwork Builds Ships, printed by Forbes Boston after original artwork by the artist William Dodge Stevens (1870-1942), depicting three men in work attire hammering and riveting the side of a ship, all done in vibrant shades of orange, blue, green, yellow, red, and brown; 50 x 36.25 in. (EST $1500 - $2500)