Black and white silk and a pewter USA button make this a beautiful and authentic Revolutionary War cockade. When the United States signed the Treaty of Alliance with France on February 6, 1778, French troops entered the American Revolutionary War. At first their participation was mostly on the seas but by 1779 they were landing troops on American soil.
The national cockade of France was white. Traditionally, Americans had worn black cockades. In 1780, as a symbol of the two nations’ alliance, General George Washington established that the American military cockade would be an Alliance Cockade – black with a white center. Many of the French troops likewise wore an Alliance Cockade of white with a black center.
The last picture shows Revolutionary War hero Anthony Wayne wearing the black and white Alliance Cockade.
This cockade is approximately 3.5" across. Choose whether you would like a plain buckram backing or a pin back.
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?