BEAUTIFUL 75th INFANTRY REGIMENT OFFICER’S HAT INSIGNIA

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Item Code: 172-5764

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This is a near mint, embroidered bullion officer’s hat insignia still on its large patch, which would be trimmed down for sewing directly on a hat or cap, or fitted on stiffener with loops. The gold bullion still retains 90 percent of its gilt finish and shows just some rubbing and oxidation to the high points.

The horn was very well made, with twisted strands forming the cords and tassels, and sequins sewn in an oval at the mouth of the horn to delineate the bell and a reinforcing band. The hunting horn was a traditional insignia for light infantry appeared in 1814 as the insignia for riflemen in the U.S. Army and in the 1830s for infantry in general, shifting from silver to gold in color about 1851, but with the regimental numeral in silver. In this case the number “75” is applied in false-embroidered metallic numerals, and seems to be done on a separate patch set into the loop, perhaps by a collector wishing to illustrate how it would have appeared on an officer’s hat or cap.

This is a crisp example, either never purchased by an officer or purchased but never mounted. Insignia like this, and embroidered shoulder straps never separated on their one-piece backing, occasionally turn up stored in the bottom of an officer’s epaulet tin, but we don’t find them much anymore. [sr] [ph:L]

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