U.S. Indian War Officer’s Slouch Hat (SOLD)

U.S. Indian War Officer’s Slouch Hat

U.S. Indian War Officer’s Slouch Hat – This high quality, beaver or rabbit felt slouch hat appears to date to the period between 1868 and 1875. The body of the hat is almost exactly like the construction style used in many Civil War period officer’s slouch hats. Its fine, soft and highly pliable felt is comparable to the Civil War hats, as is the black, grosgrain silk ribbon binding around the edge of the hat’s brim. This hat apparently had a larger, grosgrain silk binding around the base of the crown, as an obvious ghost of this binding is readily visible. The hat retains its well- worn original, officer’s,  army, hat cord, and it exhibits extensive field use and wear. Of note is the pinching at the front of the crown, where an officer pinched his fingers to remove the hat from his head, apparently multiple times, leaving the obvious pinch marks and some minor splitting in the felt. Overall, the hat is quite solid, with wear and trail dirt, from extensive rides over the plains. The interior is in good condition, with an approximately 2” wide, black leather sweatband that has been machine stitched into place; the band’s construction and style is indicative of post-Civil War use and issue. In actuality, Indian War slouch hats are seemingly harder to obtain than Civil War slouch hats; this is a great, actually worn example. SOLD

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