This is a replica of a secession cockade owned by South Carolina Surgeon General Robert Wilson Gibbes (1809-1866). In addition to serving the Confederacy, Gibbes collected and published extensively on paleontology, was an author, a newspaper owner and editor, a patron of the arts, mayor of Columbia, and was well-versed in geology, biology and history. His home and extensive collections were burned by Sherman in February 1865.
Approximately 3" (8 cm) across rosette. Streamers are approximately 2.5" (6.5 cm) long. Pin on back is silver-plated and 1" (2.5 cm) wide. Palmetto fronds are real and may vary slightly from picture. They will eventually fade to the color of the original cockade (see inset).
This is a reproduction, not an original.
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?