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    A Beautiful Union Hardee Cavalry Hat This Hardee hat is in exceptionally good condition, almost unseen in the texture and color of the black felt, the condition of the cavalry device and the striking gold bullion eagle pin.

    A design named for cavalry commander William J. Hardee in 1858, a man who would three years later leave the Union Army to fight for the Confederacy, this Hardee hat was adopted that year as the 'Model 1858' It is one of the most stylish hats found during the Civil War with it's 8" ostrich plume, medallion device held by a federal staff officer's pin and decorative acorns that cap the gold hat cord.

    The 3" brim is double-sewn and turned up on the right side and fastened by the highly-elaborate gold bullion eagle pin mounted on an oval felt disk. The underside of the brim is trimmed with ½" gold lace trim which has somewhat faded. The lace is missing from the top of the hat brim.

    The hat band, in originally yellow gold braid is wrapped around a 1" silk hatband. Inside the hat, the 2" leather hat band is in excellent condition. There is no lining in the hat.

    This is a great museum piece from a Union cavalry officer during the Civil War.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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