Cocked hat belonging to Major Thomas Melvill.
18th c American American Colonial Textiles
AMERICAN COLONIAL Anonymous
(active c. 1600 - 1800)
Boston, Massachusetts. Boston Historical Society and Museum.
"Major Thomas Melvill, Sr. (1751-1832) was a participant in the Boston Tea Party of 16 December 1773. In his poem The Last Leaf (c. 1832), Oliver Wendell Holmes memorializes Melvill and states that as an old man he still wears an ""old three-cornered hat""."