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    Great Massachusetts Militia Cap C. 1813 - 1820. In 1813 the United States Army adopted a new leather cap for the infantry, copied from the felt "Belgic" pattern cap of 1811. It is a form known to many collectors as the "Tombstone" pattern, but that term was never used during the period. This form remained in use in the U. S. Army until 1819, when the bell crown form was adopted, and was soon in universal use by both the regular army as well as most most militia organizations. It is our opinion this example of this very rare piece of American headgear was made during the War of 1812, or shortly thereafter, and is nearly identical to the regular army pattern, with the only noteworthy difference being the insignia. This example a distinct, and very early cap plate bearing the Massachusetts Indian or "sachem" device, of die stamped gilded brass. There is only one other example of this plate known to exist. The cap is complete with the original red feather plume, narrow gilt bullion suspensory cord, and 3/8" thin gauge brass band around the base. The exterior of the cap is near perfect, with no finish crackling and just some minor flaking on the plume socket. Retains about 70% of the original thin, soft leather liner. A truly exceptional example of one of the rarest of all American military headgear forms.

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