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    Wonderful Private Purchase Identified Chasseur Cap with Corps Badge and Patent Ventilator. Here is an excellent example of an honest, wartime-used chasseur cap in superior condition made by a well known maker. This classic cap bears a die-cut, quartermaster-issued Second Division, III Corps badge sewn in the center of the crown with each side of the white woolen square measuring just over 1.5 inches. In the center of the badge the original owner has affixed a rare patent ventilator. The brass device goes through the crown and has an outside disk that can be rotated to reveal openings meant to promote increased air flow under the cap and, thus, add to the wearer's comfort. Such quirky inventions were popular with the Civil War troops but original examples are particularly scarce today and rarely come on the market. The blue wool body of the cap is in excellent condition with only a handful of negligible moth nips. The front rises about 2.75 inches and the original chin strap is intact and affixed by small three-piece staff officer buttons. The bound leather visor has come loose and has been restitched in spots to keep it attached. Inside, the black silk lining is tattered revealing the lint padding along the body, but the quilted crown is complete. Embossed in gold in the top is the mark of famed maker "M. H. Stevens & Co/Washington" and the stitched outline of the III Corps badge can be plainly seen. Matthew Stevens was a highly regarded Washington D.C. hatter and made caps for many Union officers, including Gen. George Meade. The 1 inch wide leather sweatband is sound and intact. Tucked inside the sweatband is a small yellowed tag made from a section of index card, circa 1930s-50s, on which is typed "Cap/Mr. William Grover wore/this cap through three years/of the Civil War." Research will most likely find an interesting story about the original owner. A genuine wartime example of the jaunty kepi seen in so many period images is quite elusive today and this particular piece is exceptional for its corps insignia and soldier's personal alteration.

    From the estate of Houston collector Brent Burg.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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