WONDERFUL CONDITION ORIGINAL CONFEDERATE-MANUFACTURED KEPI FOR A DRUMMER BOY OR CHILD

$8,500.00

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Item Code: 526-68

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This article of uniform clothing is an original, Civil War example of headgear manufactured in the Confederacy and presented here in wonderful, original intact condition. The period artifact is a small, dark blue colored, wool kepi, suited for a child, and adorned with gold braid trim made in the chasseur pattern. Kepi features construction consistent with other known Civil War kepis and is correct for the Civil War period. Made of dark blue, wool broadcloth material with the band the same, cap measures 2” high in the front, 5” tall in the back with a 4 5/8” diameter top. Centered on top of kepi is a 1/16” – 1/8” diameter hole that apparently held a button or similar circular device that left a 7/8” diameter impression. Trimmings appear to be a gold metallic braid hand-sewn to the body with a single strand thread.

Cap has no lining but top is stiffened with a dark colored pasteboard covered with black cotton cloth. Cap band is pasteboard and also covered with the blue wool material. Sweatband is plain leather and measures 1 3/8” high. The narrow, thick visor is made of three layers of leather with the top being black patent leather, middle is dark leather and the bottom or third layer is brown. Visor, which is 7/8” wide in front, has a split in the center that shows a period repair of brown thread. Along the visor lip is a strip of black patent leather machined sewn in place. A ½” long portion along one corner edge has separated. Chinstrap is a 3/8” wide strip of flat, ribbed, gold braid held at the ends by 7mm small brass tin-back buttons. Only one button remains intact. Just the shank is visible on the other. Wool cloth is in remarkably good condition with no nips but one small hole is visible near the front.

No provenance or history accompanies this kepi specimen other than it was found with a pair of other kepis at a tag sale in Arkansas near the Missouri border. S.M.E. (subject matter expert) Mr. Les Jensen of Virginia has examined the cap and has furnished a dated written report on this artifact. Copy of the report comes with the purchase of the kepi. This is a once-in-lifetime opportunity to acquire a wonderfully unique and rare example of an original Confederate-made kepi, likely for a child, which would be a focus of any Civil War cloth collection or Confederate display.

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