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Cocked hat, France, 1790-1831

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This hat was worn by a military surgeon in the French Army during the Napoleonic Wars (1803-15) in which Napoleon Bonaparte attempted, unsuccessfully, to build an Empire in Europe. It was part of a colourful uniform with plenty of braid, buttons and buckles which would have become very unhygienic in the course of a military campaign. The brass medal on the front of the cocked beaver hat shows a snake coiled around a rod – the traditional symbol of medicine associated with Asklepios, the Greek and Roman god of healing. maker: Le Conte La Fosse Place made: Metz, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Lorraine, France


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Cocked hat, France, 1790-1831. Credit: Science Museum, London. CC BY


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