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    Confederate Louisiana "Washington Artillery" Officer's Artillery Kepi, 6.5" wide x 9" long, high red wool crown, dark blue wool hatband, single line of gold trim, stamped brass crossed cannon insignia, stamped brass "W A" on front of hatband, patent leather visor and remnants of chinstrap secured by two 16mm eagle staff buttons. The interior lacks a true sweatband, however has a strip of blue wool placed along the inside front. The lining is made from coarse brown cotton cloth. An especially good-looking kepi, this one retains vibrant coloring. It has only one tiny pinhole, which is to the right of the insignia. The visor shows a light crazing as should be expected with any antique leather.

    The interior stitching is somewhat loose, but still in place. Exterior stitching is tight. An exceptional opportunity to acquire a distinctive kepi, with original insignia intact, from the most famous artillery unit of the Civil War. The Washington Artillery of New Orleans, organized in 1838, was an exclusive militia organization open only to the city's gentry. The brave men of the Washington Artillery fought gallantly in every battle during four years' service with Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

    Provenance: The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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