EXCELLENT CIVIL WAR US STAFF WREATH HAT INSIGNIA

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Item Code: 1052-183

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The US-and-wreath hat insignia would more accurately be called the command and staff insignia. Descended from 1832 and 1839 pattern officer’s belt plates, the silver US in Old English, surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and berries, made its way onto a dark blue velvet band, and sometimes oval patch, for wear on the 1851 shako, and then to a black velvet oval for the 1858 regulations. It was regulation for general officers and those in staff departments such as the Adjutant General, the Quartermaster, etc. The result was that in the Civil War it might be found worn by some officers of a regimental staff- especially medical staff, in lieu of MS/[wreath] had insignia- or even a quartermaster or adjutant, as well as those serving on brigade staff, etc., with corresponding shoulder straps showing a black ground.

This is an excellent example with nice subdued tones to the gilt wreath and jaceron wire border and silver U.S. The velvet face and polished cotton back have a good seam and are tight over the inner stiffening plate. The brass loops for securing it to the hat are present on the back. The black velvet ground has one small moth nip above the “S,” that is not obtrusive and preserves its nap and black color.

This is a very nice looking, regulation officer’s insignia in very good condition.  [sr] [ph:m]

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