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    Exceptional Condition "Hardee Hat" with Artillery Trim. This example of the enlisted man's Pattern 1858 Army Hat is seldom found in such a superb state. The original black felt body is virtually unblemished and without any rips or fraying. The double row of reinforcing stitching at the edge of the 3" wide brim shows almost no wear and the ¼" wide black ribbon at the base is sound and in place. Inside, the crown of the hat retains its full glazed paper lining with a gold embossed patriotic eagle design having "U. S. Army" in a riband above and "Extra/ Manufacture" below, with a size number "4." Only the sweatband is missing. The hat has been trimmed with a set of red worsted hat cords for artillery and the standard stamped brass eagle device on the side. There are indications that a small brass "crossed cannon" insignia was at one time affixed to the front. The insignia can be easily changed to represent a different branch of service, if desired. Few of these classic pieces of headgear have come down to today's collectors in such near mint condition.

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    June, 2009
    25th Thursday
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