This beautiful replica cockade is made from black petersham ribbon and measures 3.5" (9 cm) across. Choose backing style and a brass button or pewter USA button for the center. Hand-sewn onto period buckram. Approximately 4" (10 cm) across. Optional felt backing and silver-plated pin back.
The Secretary of War's original regulation for military cockades:
“All persons belonging to the army, to wear a black cockade, with a Small white Eagle in the centre. The cockade of non-commissioned officers, musicians and privates, to be of leather, with Eagles of tin." James McHenry, January 9, 1799
Not all military personnel had the regulation cockades, however. Some units were poorly equipped. Many militia units created their own form of the American black cockade. The original cockade in the third photo belonged to James Thompson, a soldier during the War of 1812.
People in the past wore a cockade to tell a story about themselves. I love researching what those stories were and why people wanted to tell them. People today have stories to tell too, so that's what motivates me to keep making cockades! What's your story and how can I help you tell it better?