Military Hat Cockade

Colonial Cockade Red

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Our Bright Red Colonial Cockade includes (1), handmade Grosgrain Cockade Hat Ribbon with attached ornamental button and a pin back for easy attachment. Colonial cockade measures 3" across.

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The cockade originally was used as a means for designating and identifying military personnel. The tri-corner hats favored by the British and French navies were all pretty similar in appearance, and when a deck was crowded, it could be difficult for the captain to tell where his officers were among the swarm of hats. A system of colored ribbons was thereby used, folded and tucked into a braid on the side of the hat. The captain, standing on the command deck, could look down and easily tell where his men were and what they were doing. Over time this type of simple ornament grew more elaborate and then was adopted by fashionable civilians. The word “cockade” comes from the same root as “cock, ” and if you think about it, a rooster has a similar ornament on his own head!

So not only did an officer need a cockade on his hat, but it had to be the right color.  So add this opulent cockade to your hat or lapel and define your regiment.


Ceremonial Cockade + Red Military Waist Sash + Military Sword

Buy Red Satin Waist Sash, Officers Sword Saber and get Colonial Cockade Red at an additional 15% off our everyday low price.

Total Price: $37.91
Price for the Bundle: $34.91

This Item: Colonial Cockade Red
Red Satin Waist Sash
Officers Sword Saber

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Spot clean with damp sponge.

First, rinse the sponge with warm soapy water, then blot out the stain with the soap mixture. Press dry with a cloth or paper towels. If your stain cannot be cleaned with water, use vinegar or vodka on a cloth to blot the stains. The smell of both vinegar and vodka will disappear when the area is dry.

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