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    Colorful New York Zouave Officer's Kepi Among the Civil War's most colorful items of headgear were the caps worn by the various zouave units. This kepi ranks with the best. The scarlet body is sewn to a 1 ½" tall blue band. Three ¼" wide strips of gold lace rise up the front, back and sides of the scarlet cloth to the crown, which is edged with a single, narrower strip of gold lace. The cloth shows some appropriate dirt and fading but retains much of its eye-catching color. The front rises 4" from the glazed and bound leather visor and slopes upward another inch toward the back, giving the cap an appealing height. The ½" glazed leather chin strap is affixed by two State of N. Y. "Excelsior" buttons. An embroidered infantry bugle is sewn to the front with a metallic numeral "5" in the bend. While the insignia appears to be firmly sewn to the cap, there is an unexplained difference in the bright patina on the bugle and the cap's gold trim, hinting that it might be a more recent replacement. Inside, the 1 ¾" wide sweatband is completely intact and the medium-blue silk lining is likewise whole but frayed in a couple spots, particularly the quilted crown. A very nice and exceedingly colorful piece of headgear.



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    December, 2012
    8th Saturday
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