Handcrafted from a mix of 16 select large turkey feathers realistically simulating immature eagle feathers and 16 dark brown feathers (legal Eurasian vulture), all being arranged on the crown as to form a dark cross from the back view. The feather quills are reinforced with stiff rawhide loops, wrapped with red trade cloth patches ("firecrackers") and attached to the skull cap with a buckskin string, creating the bonnet's particularly nice flared look. The feathers have white fluff decoration at the base, are accented with ermine fur («coup dots») and dark red human hair tufts at the tips.
The skull cap is made from 2 pieces of deer tanned hide, sewn together with thread and real sinew, covered with heavy canvas and backed with an old style calico fabric.
The buckskin browband is decorated with Lakota style beadwork, featuring 3 large stepped triangles on a blue background.
Each side of the bonnet is decorated with ribbons of natural silk and a cluster of stripped feathers.
In the middle of the crown there is a stripped major quill, tipped with nice rose fluffs and surrounded with a cluster of cut-and-stripped feathers dyed blue.
In the rear portion is tied a tiny pouch with a personal war medicine.
The war bonnet is given an overall aged appearance to look old.