|Shawnee Warrior takes a young prisoner|
"My Dress consisted of a calico shirt, made by an Indian woman without a collar, which reached below the waist; a blanket over my shoulders, tied round the waist with the bark of a tree; a pair of good buckskin leggings, which covered almost the thighs, given me by the great war chief, a pair of moccasins, in which I had pieces of blue cloth to make my step easier; a breech-cloth between my legs; a girdle round my waist; and a small round hat, in which the Indian placed a black ostrich feather by way of ornament (the smaller the hat the more fashionable)."
-An Account of my Capture by the Shawnee Indians on the River Ohio in 1788
by Thomas Rideout
Some recent comments on facebook have led me to post some images and descriptions of small brimmed hats in the period. Please take a look at the following.
|1775 Map Image|
|Phineas Meigs Hat, 1760s|