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    Very Rare Confederate Navy Officer's Regulation Folding Chapeau de Bras. This magnificent hat is 17¼" wide at base, 4¾" high at front, 5¼" high at back. Black beaver skin body with four bullion coils affixed vertically on the center of the front fold, with a black silk tufted and ribbed black silk cockade. At the base of the coils is a coat size regulation Confederate naval officer's button with "Isaacs Campbell & Co. London" backmark, untouched and absolutely original to the hat. Both sides of the chapeau are edged with a 1" wide black silk ribbon decoratively woven with oak leaf and acorn motifs. The lining is quilted black silk with gold embossed label of "Joseph Starkey/ 23 Conduit St. London", a manufacturer with known Confederate naval association. An absolutely correct and completely untouched example of what is doubtless one of the rarest forms of Confederate regulation headgear with only a handful of known surviving specimens.

    Condition:
    Body of the hat shows honest heavy wear along the bottom edge, some fraying at the corners and tufted high points of the decorative silk edging. One coil of the bullion is slightly 'sprung' at the top. Silk quilted lining excellent with just some minor fading along the bottom edge from honest use. Overall untouched and very sound.


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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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