1850s to Civil War Period Beaver Stovepipe Hat and Original Box


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  1. 1850s to Civil War Period Beaver Stovepipe Hat and Original Box – These definitively period, beaver, stovepipe style hats have become rather difficult to find; all too often, we see later hats that are purported to be from the war era. Original, mid-19th stovepipe hats need to exhibit the following characteristics: sit flat on a surface (no upward curve to the brim); unbound brims; beaver fur around the top, upside brim and underside brim of the hat; black, usually narrow, grosgrain ribbon surrounding the exterior of the crown; often a slight concavity of the crown, in profile; wide, leather sweatband; “wallpaper” lining, sometimes with the embossed maker’s or label printer’s mark or name on the interior top of the crown. This hat conforms to all of the aforementioned, requisite characteristics and remains in excellent condition. The hatmaker’s or label printer’s name is gold embossed on the interior of the crown – “ SAML SPANGLER/ EAST MAIN ST./YORK, PA.***The hat’s original box, a markedly more rare accompaniment, is in fair condition, for such a fragile item, exhibiting with some paper losses. Most intriguing is the original, period owner’s name, inked on the top of the box’s exterior: “F.(?) H. Chapman”.

***Samuel H. Spangler

Residence York PA;

Enlisted on 4/20/1861 as a Private.


On 4/20/1861 he mustered into “A” Co. PA 16th Infantry

He was Mustered Out on 7/30/1861 at Harrisburg, PA


16th PA Infantry
( 3-mos )

Organized: Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, PA on 4/30/61
Mustered Out: 7/30/61 at Harrisburg, PA


From To Brigade Division Corps Army Comment
Jun ’61 Jul ’61 4 1   Department of Pennsylvania Mustered Out


NAME: Samuel H Spangler
PLACE OF BIRTH: Pennsylvania
AGE ON 1 JULY 1863: 25
RACE: White
RESIDENCE: York, York, Pennsylvania
Name: Samuel Spangler
Age: 22
Birth Year: abt 1838
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: York Division 2, York, Pennsylvania
Post Office: York
Dwelling Number: 626
Family Number: 680
Occupation: Printer

Samuel Henry Spangler

BIRTH 18 May 1838

York County, Pennsylvania, USA

DEATH 5 Mar 1907 (aged 68)

York, York County, Pennsylvania, USA

BURIAL Prospect Hill Cemetery

York, York County, Pennsylvania, USA

Name: Samuel Henry Spangler
Birth Date: 18 May 1838
Birth Place: York County, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Death Date: 5 Mar 1907
Death Place: York, York County, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Cemetery: Prospect Hill Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: York, York County, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Has Bio?: Y
Father: Henry Spangler
Mother: Eliza Spangler
Spouse: Mary SpanglerElizabeth Spangler
Children: Mary SpanglerHenry Stair Spangler