G.A.R. VETERAN’S HAT

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Item Code: 573-169

This is a nice example of a G.A.R. veteran’s hat with bound brim and low crown, likely dating to the twilight years of the organization. The black color is still very good and the edge binding and ribbon at base of the crown are in place. The front is mounted with a metallic G.A.R. and wreath badge and twisted black and gold hat cord, made in imitation of the Civil War officer’s cord. These were made with black-netted gilt acorn ends, one of which was torn off at some point and crudely replaced with a tasseled black and yellow acorn in its place by gluing a section of its cord to the original.

The interior is excellent. The leather sweatband is gold stamped: "Lee / Fifth / Avenue / Water / Bloc" within a large gold circle, and in a smaller circle, “Treated with / Dupont “Aridex” / water repellent / shape retaining.” A separate stamp reads "Blue Label,” perhaps the grade of the hat. There is also stamped in larger letters, “J A G,” likely the initials of the veteran. We find the Dupont Aridex waterproofing process mentioned at least as early as 1941 in a Sears Roebuck catalog. Founded in 1866, the G.A.R. held National Encampments through 1949, and only dissolved in 1956 with the death of its last member. [sr] [ph:m]

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