Hat, Cocked

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A cocked hat made of black beaver, that folds up at the brim to the crown. It is decorated with a silver loop and button on the right facing side over the top of a ribbon. There is a plume of red and white feathers that attaches to the top of the crown. The hat comes with a triangular tin container that has a brass plaque. " MAJOR CHAs STAPP " is written on the plaque. "Hobson & Sons Military Outfitters 37. & .38. Little Windmill Street, Haymarket, London. W. / 43 & 44 Artillery Place, Woolwich" is written on another brass plaque. The inside has a leather sweatband, lining and the manufacturer's label.
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This cocked hat belonged to Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Stapp, one of Taranaki’s notable military figures. A veteran of the 58th Regiment, Stapp served in the Northern War in 1845 before returning to England. He returned to Taranaki in 1858 and was appointed to a senior position with the militia. Stapp played and important role in planning the settler defences of New Plymouth prior to the First Taranaki War in 1860. He also took an active part in the battle of Waireka. After further service in campaigns on the East Coast he returned to Taranaki and commanded the Taranaki Volunteers before assuming command of the Western Military District in 1881.
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