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 This is one of several items that came from a New England Gallery that procured numerous collections of early Fraternal Society Ceremonial items from Masonic Temples and Odd Fellows Lodges in New York, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. Most of the items were from the late 1800s to early 1900s and depicted Clothing, Regalia and Armaments from the Medieval Renaissance and Crusades eras up to the American Civil War era. These items would have been manufactured by various companies that made Clothing, Regalia and Ceremonial weaponry for the hundreds of different Society organizations. Some items such as ceremonial swords and clothing were manufactured by the same companies that supplied weapons and gear for the civil war, such as the Ames Sword Company of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. All of the items in my collection were represented as being from Masonic Knights Templar temples or Independant Order of Odd Fellows Lodges. Upon doing extensive research I assume the later. These items are used and very old, and some wear is to be expected.

Great items for the Collector or for Masquerade or even Halloween!

This particular piece is an Antique Ceremonial Chapeau (hat, helmet) from the early 1900s. A tag sewn inside says "CAP'T of the GUARD" .  I'm not sure what the helmet shell is made of but it is covered with dark blue or black velvet and lined with silk. It has a cool spike on top made of metal, not sure what kind, and some glass jewels on the front piece. The base under the spike I believe is brass. It was at one time altered to a smaller size by adding a band of cork around the inside front of the forehead area (shown in one of the pictures). It was crumbling, so I removed it. It is well used but still very cool.

The size is approximately a medium. The inside diameter is 7 1/2 inches and the circumference is approximately 22 inches.

This Chapeaux is made by the M.C. Lilley and Company of Columbus, Ohio. The M.C. Lilley and Company existed under that name from 1923 to 1925 so it was easy to determine the time period the Chapeaux was made. The M.C. Lilley Company bought out the Ames Sword Company in 1925, moving their equipment to Columbus. The M.C. Lilley and Company changed their name later in 1925 to The Lilley Company, and again in 1931 to the Lilley-Ames Company.


The uniform, spear, and sword are being sold seperately and are not being sold with the Chapeau. 


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