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    McDowell Pattern Forage Cap with Original Artillery Insignia This is a classic example of the popular cap that was inspired by the Prussian Army's Lager Mutze or "camp cap," and seen in numerous images of Union Army personnel, particularly in the war's first years. It features a narrow sloping crescent visor and tall body with a dramatic tilt to the front and "hump" on the back. Deep blue wool body showing just a handful of minor moth holes. The original chin strap and eagle buttons are still in place. The regulation insignia on the crown includes a brass 1" tall letter "K" and a ¾" number "4" over crossed cannons , held fast with undisturbed leather tabs. The 1 1/8" leather sweatband has a 3 1/2" period leather repair at the forehead the remainder showing moderate service wear. The quilted black silk lining showing areas of wear with minor losses, illegible vestiges of the gold maker's imprint visible. The cap surfaced at an estate auction in Catskill NY and is likely from the 4th New York Heavy Artillery.

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    December, 2014
    13th Saturday
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