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    Beautiful Identified Officers Chasseur Cap with Corps Badge and Embroidered Insignia, Complete with Image of Owner. This excellent and eye-catching example of officer's headgear is highlighted by five rows of highly decorative black tape trim around the base, crown, front, rear and sides and by a black quatrefoil on the crown. A die-cut, white III Corps badge has been fastened in the center of the quatrefoil by four long pins. On the front is sewn a moderate size gold embroidered infantry bugle with the silver metal number "2" in the loop. The dark blue broadcloth body is in excellent condition. The bound visor has a green glazed leather underside and the original chin strap is secured by staff buttons. The sweatband is complete. About half the black silk lining has deteriorated, revealing the lint padding beneath, but all the quilted lining remains on the crown which has much of the gold imprinted "Warnock and Co." label visible. The kepi was worn by Lt. James A. Cook, Quartermaster of the 2nd N.H. Vol. Infantry. The 47-year-old enlisted as a Commissary Sergeant in June, 1861 but was quickly promoted to the regiment's staff and rose in rank to become a Captain in the Commissary Department. He was discharged in September, 1864. With the cap is a carte d'visite photograph of Captain Cook holding a similar cap in his hand. The unit was part of the Second Division, III Corps from June, 1863 to April, 1864. Originally in the collection of James Stamatelos, the combination of image and cap is seldom encountered.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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