Complete Guide to Union Cockades

By the time of the Civil War, Union cockades were nearly always red, white and blue. If you want all the back story on why, I wrote a blog post about it here. There were many designs including simple round rosettes, rosettes with tails, rosettes with tassels, or bows.

As you can see, center emblems could be military buttons, spangled stars, tassels, pictures of famous people...or nothing at all!

The materials used were usually silk ribbon sewn onto a buckram backing, but some were created from cotton or wool as well.

Union cockades were worn by men, women and children. They were often pinned to the breast or lapel, but could also be worn on hats and bonnets. For a more in-depth look at how men wore cockades, see here. For a detailed look at how women wore cockades, see here. For more info on children wearing cockades, click here.

If you'd like to purchase a Union cockade for yourself, check out the ready-to-ship ones in my shop or contact me for a custom order! My email is

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 You might also enjoy these posts:
The Complete Guide to Confederate Cockades
The Complete Guide to Mourning Cockades

1 comment:

  1. I have four of Holly's cockades and believe my husband, Mr. Lincoln has at least two not counting the Christmas one he just took from me! They are well made, creative and historically correct. Love your work and the education you give us about the cockades themsevles.