1858 PATTERN FORAGE CAP WITH INFANTRY INSIGNIA

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Item Code: 1117-130

Standard U.S. Army regulation forage cap adopted by the Quartermaster Department in late 1858. The cap in this new form was to replace the earlier pattern 1839 “Wheel Cap” used in the field by the U.S. Army as well as State Volunteer units during the Mexican war period and well into the 1850s. With the redevelopment of American military uniforms, weapons and equipment in the 1850s this cap became the norm for the field service throughout the Civil War and was not replaced with a new pattern until 1872.

This is the standard issue Model 1858 forage cap in well-worn but good condition with brass infantry insignia on the crown.

The blue wool exterior shows scattered moth holes and tracks. Some holes have been stitched closed or repaired. A larger, possibly period repair 3.5” x 1.5” is found on the left side just behind the eagle button. Despite this the cap still presents a pleasing appearance and displays very well.

Black leather visor is attached as is the thin leather chinstrap just above it. Chinstrap is complete with brass slider and side buttons.

Interior has a worn but complete and proper wide sweatband while the brown polished cotton lining shows similar wear with some splitting and separation.

Stamped brass infantry insignia is attached by one remaining wire and has a dark patina.

A complete forage cap showing honest wear.   [jet]

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