MINT EMBROIDERED CIVIL WAR OFFICER’S HAT INSIGNIA

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This is a finely made example with gold bullion embroidery including both sequins and twisted strands, in excellent condition with wonderful bright color to the gilt. Measuring 3 3/8 inches by 2 ½ inches, this is the regulation Civil War infantry officer’s hat insignia with a gilt hunting horn having a small “50” in its central loop embroidered on a black velvet backing and bordered with gilt jaceron wire. The polished cotton reverse is still sewn in place, is still secure, and without tears or holes. All the bullion strands are in place, including those on the three tassels of the bugle cord, and jaceron wire is firmly in place as well. The numerals are fully intact and muted silver in color.

Adopted in 1851, this form of hunting horn remained the branch of service insignia for U.S. infantry until replaced by crossed rifles in 1875, though by 1872 the size had decreased to match the smaller regulation headgear. This particular example follows the 1858 specification of a black background, intended for use on the officer’s “Army Hat” (aka Jeff Davis or Hardee hat.) The number “50” dates it as wartime production, with several states numbering their regiments that high, but not the regular army.

This would look great in an officer’s display, but would also merit a prominent place in collection specifically devoted to Civil War embroidered insignia. See, Campbell and O’Donnell, Headgear Insignia; Hart, Encyclopedia; and Jim Frasca’s great articles in North South Trader for details.  [sr] [ph:L]

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