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    US M1858 Enlisted Man's Dress Hat, Familiarly Known as the "Hardee" Hat, this Scarce Piece of US Enlisted Regulation Headgear Was Worn by Many Units During the Civil War and Made Famous by The "Black Hats" of the Renowned Iron Brigade. Made of heavy black wool felt, 6" high. Insignia attached to the front with leather thongs representing Company "C" 3rd Regiment of Cavalry, the correct eagle sideplate is similarly attached. The insignia is all period although the leather thongs are clearly restorations. All insignia with nice light patina. Original black ostrich feather plume with woven wool socket attached to the hat at left front. Original 3/8" black silk hat band and worsted yellow wool hat cord. The inside crown of the hat retains the original lacquered maker's label which is embossed in gilt, "US Army" over eagle/ shield/ panoply of arms with "Extra Manufacture" and size 4 underneath. Label with a couple of cracks but excellent. The body of the hat is very good. There are (typical of these fragile hats) a number of cracks along the top edge of the crown, and two small cracks at the front edge of the turn up. Overall very sound. A nice displayable example of this very desirable piece of US regulation Civil War military headgear.

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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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