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Hat Box


Hat box 11 3/4 inch diameter by 5 3/4 inches deep with hand painted emblem for the 1775 Continental $30 paper bill along with a paper copy documenting the symbol. Please measure your hat to be sure it will fit. This size works well for women's bonnets and dragoon helmets.

Si Recte Facies ("If You Act Righteously") was the symbol and motto on the front of the $30.00 Continental paper bill authorized on 10 May 1775, and it was periodically re-issued through out the Revolutionary War. The design itself came from a German 1702 book by Dr. Joachim Camerarius, from the private book collection of Benjamin Franklin. The symbol of a civic wreath upon a memorial altar was also painted onto a blue silk regimental color some time before 1778, and stored in a military depot in Philadelphia. The color was presumably issued to an unknown Continental Army regiment some time afterwards, along with two smaller divisional colors; one red and one yellow.

The leaders of the fledgling United States attempted to use readily identifiable symbols to instill feelings of patriotic unity. The paper money issued by the continental Congress and the thirteen Colonies (later states) from 1775 to 1783 used a series of different pictures and Latin mottoes. Many of these were copied from the older European books of J. C. Weigels, Nicolas Verien and Joachim Camerarius, but some were homegrown. At times the motto was in English. Some symbols were repeated on the silk regimental standards or colors carried by Continental and state troops. An estimate of the total number of these emblems, 1775-1783 rounds out at about 100 different visuals; most with inspirational Latin or English mottoes; others with none. Aside form the bills of the Continental Congress, those of the states of New-York, South Carolina, and Georgia had the most consistently imaginative and visually effective symbols and mottoes, and to a lesser extant, Massachusetts Bay and North Carolina.

The box is made of pasteboard but is formed to shape not hand sewn of flat board as it should. The paints used here are similar to 18th century buttermilk paints, if not close duplicates of those paints. They are resistant to water droplets, but not proof against a flood or sustained downpour. They are susceptible to scuffing by harder objects; one might want to wrap them when traveling.

Proudly and patriotically hand painted in the Virginia Territory by Steven Gilbert of the recreated Capt. Lewis Dubois 3rd NY formed in 1775.

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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 03 January, 2015.

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