Civil War Artillery Officer’s Kepi
Civil War Artillery Officer’s Kepi – This kepi cap was discovered recently in an old house being restored in Fredericksburg, Viriginia. The hat, in very good condition, retains its original, false embroidered, officer’s crossed cannon insignia affixed to the crown of the cap. In addition, the original, silvered, false embroidered company letter and number also remain on the crown. The highly noticeable verdigris buildup that still accrues to the fastening wires of the insignia, visible on the underside of the crown, attest to the fact that these pieces of insignia have been on the hat since the Civil War, as does the fact that the insignia are deeply embedded into the crown. The hat’s dark blue, English broadcloth wool is still strong, in boht color and construction; it does evidence a few, minor moth nips. The bound brim has an interesting bit of cording affixed to its underside, where the brim attaches to the body of the cap. Both original sew, eagle buttons remain, with the chin strap firmly attached to each button. The interior of the hat has a black silk lining, with the typical Civil War, “upper end” quilted, diamond stitched, interior crown lining. The maker’s, gold-embossed lettering can still be made out, although too difficult to read; it is possible that this hat was made by noted war period hat maker, James Y. Davis of Washington, DC. The silk lining is gathered by a small drawstring, over the crown. We have had the sweatband professionally replaced with a period band. This is a fine example of an early Civil War kepi, with its original insignia, very likely left in a war period house, during the Battle of Fredericksburg.