Civil War Period North Carolina Tam O’Shanter Wool Camp Cap
Civil War Period North Carolina Tam O’Shanter Wool Camp Cap – This rare, coarse, homespun, wool cap is the first we have had, and the first of its type we have encountered, on the collector’s market,. The cap originated from the home of the descendants of a North Carolina, Confederate soldier. Hand-knitted from an almost pink, very coarse wool, the cap remains in superior, wearable condition. Atop the exterior crown, is a decorative “blob” made of the same coarse wool utilized in the construction of the cap. These types of knit caps appear in period images, being worn in camp, by soldiers, from both Union and Confederate regiments. Outside of museums, this is indeed the first of these types of caps we have seen. Included here are some images of comparable period caps, as well as skillful reproductions, created from images depicting soldiers wearing comparable, period tams. The cap measures 11” in diameter.