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    Commercially Produced Forage Cap with V Corps Badge and Unit Insignia. This standard, private purchase forage cap was worn by an unknown member of Co. K, 129th Pa. Vol. Infantry, a unit that saw nine-months service with the Army of the Potomac. The crown is decorated with a hand cut V Corps badge upon which is affixed a small stippled numeral "5" and, in the center, a silver metal eagle most likely whittled from one of the buttons imported with the French chasseur uniforms purchased by the United States in 1861. Below the badge is a 1" brass letter "K" and ¾" numerals "129." The body of the cap shows significant moth damage in the front and right side. There is also some minor mothing in and around the cloth corps insignia. The original chin strap has adhered itself to the bound visor but is not attached by means of the small "staff" side buttons which remain on each end. The sweatband is intact and the interior is faded, with about 80% remaining. A nice example of a well-used cap.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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