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Original Civil War M1858 Union Enlisted Man’s Forage Cap

SOLD

Original Civil War M1858 Union Enlisted Man’s Forage Cap – This fine example of a typical Federal Issue enlisted man’s forage cap is in overall excellent condition. With the exception of some minor insect damage, fine broadcloth wool, retains its original dark, indigo-dyed, non-aniline dyed deep blue color. The body of the hat is structurally strong, as is the sweatband. The interior lining was somewhat weak and very frayed when we obtained the hat, so we had our conservator replace it with original period, brown polished cotton. The original label, from the well- known contractor, “L J & I. Phillips”, remains in the crown’s interior. The chin strap and general service Eagle buttons are strongly in place. This is a fine example of a quintessential Civil War Federal enlisted man’s forage cap. (SOLD)

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