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    Fine Private Purchase McDowell Pattern Cap with Original Brass Insignia. This attractive cap is attributed to an unknown member of the Ninth Mass. Vol. Infantry, based on photographic evidence found by Mr. Kurtz showing other members of that unit in similar headgear. The tall crown rises nearly 6" in the back and flops forward at a jaunty angle showing off a brass regulation infantry bugle with ½" numeral "9" in the bend. As with all McDowell caps, the piece has a distinctive crescent visor that tilts downward. The original narrow glazed leather chin strap is still fastened by small general service brass eagle buttons. The interior has the full sweatband and lining. As typified by this example, use of the McDowell cap was not limited to officers. Fashion-conscious enlisted men would also purchase non-regulation headgear to wear in place of the poorly made and ill fitting forage caps issued by the government. Overall condition is excellent with a few moth nips around the insignia. Difficult to find a McDowell this nice.

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    June, 2009
    25th Thursday
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