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Registration Number: H47992

Name or Title: Hat - Bicorne with silver chain

Classification: CH classification COSTUME Headwear man

Brief Description: Black beaver felt bicorne decorated with black grosgrain ribbon, a black grosgrain rosette and five lengths of silver chain fastened to a silver ornament.

Collection: Social History

Measurement : Lengt: 468mm
Width: 115mm (top)
Height: 145 mm

History and Use: The Sir Samuel Griffith collection consists of clothing and accessories which were worn by Sir Samuel Griffith when he was undertaking specific duties in his professional life.
Sir Samuel Griffith (1845-1920) held numerous positions including Attorney General, Premier in 1883 and 1890, Chief Justice of Queensland, Lieutenant Governor of Queensland, and Chief Justice of Australia. Griffith's illustrious career in the law and in Queensland politics culminated in his role in Federation. Following the drafting of the federal constitution during the latter part of the 1890s, and the proclamation of Federation in January 1901, Sir Samuel was appointed Chief Justice of Australia in 1903.
During his appointment as Acting Governor and Lieutenant Governor, from 1899 to 1903, Griffith was required to wear a civil uniform, second class, consisting of a single breasted levee coat and a long pair of trousers. Depending on the occasion, one of a variety of bicorne hats, including this one, were worn with this uniform.

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