SCARCE T.G. & CO. CIVIL WAR US CONTRACT FORAGE CAP WITH CORPS BADGE

$3,750.00

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Item Code: 1052-198

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This cap has a full polished cotton interior lining in place on the sides and underside of the crown with a full embossed goatskin sweatband. The underside of the crown still retains its original paper label reading, “Size No 2 / 7 / U.S. ARMY. / T.G. & Co.” with the “o” light. This is most probably Thompson, Goodrich & Company of Cincinnati. M.F. Thompson was a hatter in 1861 and in mid-1863 joined with Charles T. Goodrich dealing in hats and caps at 96 Pearl St. They had U.S. Army contracts for 20,000 caps in August 1863 and three more contracts in 1864 totaling 136,000 more. Despite those numbers, examples are pretty hard to find, mostly because the labels would be lost fairly quickly, preventing any certain identification. Needless to say, as usual, the “2” on the label refers to the Army’s standard size tables and the “7” to the actual measurement.

This follows the configuration mostly termed the Type-2 by collectors nowadays, indicating use of a flat visor and somewhat boxier body with large diameter top. These are usually thought to be later than the Type-1 and an 1863 or later date would fit with the contracts of the maker outlined above. The cap retains very good color and good seams. There are scattered moth nips, most not very noticeable, and just one larger hole on the wearer’s right rear that has been backed by a piece of colored fabric. The visor has a nice surface and is firmly in place. The chinstrap is correct, but is possibly a replacement, as is common, though showing some dirt and scuffing. Side buttons are present. The sweatband is in place and shows rubbing along the folded edge, but no tears and is supple.

The cap bears a mother-of-pearl cross with a small ring at top attaching it to the cap on the left side by old thread. As a whole the cap has a very salty look and the badge comes across as a bit of improvisation by a soldier or veteran, but we are naturally suspicious of a cap with apparent use but such a nice paper label and do not make any claims about when or by whom the badge was mounted on the cap. The badge itself is pretty much the Maltese Cross indicating the 5th Corps, but the squared ends of the slots between the arms bring it close to the “fan-leaved cross with octagonal center” specified for the 19th Corps in November 1864. In any case, the cap itself is a very nice example by a scarce maker with known U.S. contracts.  [sr] [ph:m]

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THIS ITEM, AS WITH ALL OTHER ITEMS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEB SITE,

MAY BE PURCHASED THROUGH OUR LAYAWAY PROGRAM.

FOR OUR POLICIES AND TERMS,

CLICK ON ‘CONTACT US’ AT THE TOP OF ANY PAGE ON THE SITE,

THEN ON ‘LAYAWAY POLICY’.

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- See more at: http://www.horsesoldier.com/products/military-accoutrements/leather/belts/9900#sthash.ABdCa9bl.dpuf

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