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    Berdan's Sharpshooter's Officer's Cap This attractive cap features a tall crown that rises nearly 7 1/2" in the back and flops forward at a jaunty angle showing off a red wool 1st Division 3rd Corps Badge held fast with 4 pins upon which is pinned a 3/4" brass number "1", which, with no other insignia, is likely a regimental designation. The piece has a distinctive crescent visor that tilts downward. The leather visor is in fine condition showing minor crazing only. The back of the cap features a distinctive "hump" formed by two metal stays stitched into the rear seam. Missing its chin strap and side buttons. The interior has the full black leather sweatband measuring 1 1/8", 8" of which, is detached from the body. Black cotton lining is partially detached but appears complete. Wool body shows some wear mostly at the back of the crown and lower reverse. A fine untouched cap with some unusual features.
    Only two regiments numbered "1" served in the First Division of the Third Army Corps: the 1st New York and the 1st U.S. Sharpshooters. The New York regiment mustered out in May, 1863, and the configuration of the Third Corps badge as an elongated diamond rather than a tilted square, as first issued, is thought to date no earlier than the Fall of 1863, which leaves the 1st US Sharpshooter as the only candidate for the cap. Although well known for their green uniforms, members of the regiment were also issued and wore more conventional US Army uniforms ( and corps badges.) Photographic evidence shows this especially to be the case among officer's. A number of caps bearing fake embroidered bullion "USSS" insignia have been imposed upon collectors as Berdan officer's caps. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a real one.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2014
    13th Saturday
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