When Irish Eyes Are Smiling...
They may be wearing a cockade too! Green cockades were worn by Irish soldiers on both sides of the Civil War as a mark of Irish nationalism and pride.
Description: Grosgrain ribbon, reproduction button or gilt harp. Approximately 3" (7.5 cm) across rosette. Streamers are approximately 3" (7.5 cm) long. Pin on back is silver-plated and 1" (2.5 cm) wide.
Cockades were often used in history to express a political sentiment. As the Irish fought for their freedom through the centuries, badges showing their solidarity included harps, shamrocks, and the color green. In the 1800s, the Fenian Brotherhood was started to prepare Irish troops to combat the British for their freedom. Many Fenian members were in the American armies on both sides of the Civil War. For more detailed history in my blog, CLICK HERE.
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?