MINTY NEW YORK ARTILLERY OFFICER’S SLOUCH HAT

$9,500.00

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Item Code: 1117-88

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This artillery officer’s slouch hat has great wartime characteristics. The fabric is soft and high quality. The brim is a substantial 2 7/8 inches wide and has an edge bound with a ribbon extending ¼ inch in on the top and bottom surfaces. The interior preserves its original, tall 2 5/8 inch red morocco sweatband. The hat bears a correct black and gold woven Civil War officer’s hat cord with acorn ends having their black netting intact. On the left is a black ostrich plume secured at the base with a black rosette.

The front bears an embroidered bullion artillery officer’s crossed-cannon insignia on a black velvet ground about 2 ¾ inches wide and 2 inches tall, with jaceron wire border and small circle at the intersection of the crossed cannons left open for insertion of a small number. The touch-holes of the cannon are rendered with single sequins. The brim is held up on the wearer’s right by a striking tri-color oval embroidered bullion side plate bearing the New York state seal as it shows up on the state’s military buttons and other insignia from 1858 on. An eagle perches on the upper portion of a globe, all rendered in bullion and presenting in silhouette, atop a shield that is bullion bordered and divided down the center. Underneath, a line of bullion represents the ribbon scroll which, if space permitted, would shows that state’s “Excelsior” motto. In the left half of the shield a sun rises over mountains on a royal blue-sky background, with water rendered in the same blue below the range of mountains. On the right a U.S. flag, hung vertically, is rendered in red, white, and blue (with the number of stars and stripes reduced to ten by the space available.) The side insignia measures overall about 2 1/8 inches across and 2 7/8 inches vertically.

The interior shows no indications of a lining, but if a hat came with one, it was often loosely fitted behind the sweatband. The sweatband is red morocco, firmly in place, and shows a nice 2 5/8 inch width. As is correct for a wartime hat, it shows no embossed maker or trademark on the sweatband.

The condition of the hat is excellent. The black body shows some very slight oxidation toward brown, which is usual, expected, and a good sign for collectors. There are no holes or tears to the body or brim. The edge binding does show some wear spots, which is to be expected from use in handling it to put on or take off. The jaceron wire borders of the insignia retain a lot of gilt. The bullion thread of the embroidery has generally oxidized to an even silver. The velvet backgrounds of both insignia retain strong black color. The hat is slightly creased fore and aft for wear. The hat cord shows strong gold and black color.

This is an impressive piece of officer’s headgear with vibrant color to the side plate that seldom survives. It would be a great addition to a headgear or uniform display, and artillery collector could not ask for something more dynamic.  [sr]

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