CONFEDERATE CAP BOX

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Item Code: 1213-01

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This Confederate cap box has some elements in common with its Yankee counterparts, but also shows some typically southern cost-saving measures. Much like the standard U.S. pattern introduced early in the war the box uses a one-piece outer flap narrowing at the bottom to form the latch tab. The fastening stud is pointed and brass like its northern counterparts. And, it was similarly provided both with an inner flap and with a wool strip inside to protect the percussion caps and keep them from bouncing out if the outer flap was not fastened. The sides of the pouch came up rather high, however, and were rounded at the top, likely a labor-saving measure to avoid using side-ears that on Yankee boxes are typically sewn to the sides of the inner flap, along their top curve, to help seal the compartment. The belt loop is now missing, but from the stitching holes was clearly wide and one-piece, another labor and time-saving measure, as was using the same line of stitching to hold it at the bottom that held the back and body together. The stitching also seems less carefully done than on most northern boxes.

The box is a deep brown in color with wear spots showing a reddish brown in cracks to the finish from flexing on the latch tab and lower front where the side of the flap was pressed back. On the wearer’s left the top of the tombstone shaped side is torn; the other is intact. The inner flap was cut off, likely by the soldier as simply getting in the way of rapid loading. Behind it there is a short tear along fold of the leather forming the body and flap on the wearer’s right. That may partly come from loss of the belt loop, but looks more like comes from a lot of use, rather than mishandling and may reflect inadequate or rushed processing of the leather.  Much of the fleece strip is still in place inside. On the back the stitching along the lower center edge of the box is missing, certainly pulled out when the wide belt loop was removed.

This is an interesting, no-doubt-about-it Confederate cap box -  an essential piece of gear for every southern infantryman and cavalryman carrying a percussion weapon- which covers pretty much all of them.  [sr] [ph:m/L]

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