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    Frederick Benteen: His Campaign Hat, from the Black Hills Expedition through the Little Bighorn. This is one of the handful of most important pieces in this sale. This is almost identical to the model 1872 campaign hat described in lot number 11169. The main difference, of course, is that this one belonged to a company , commander in the 7th Cavalry and was worn - as a campaign hat ought to be - on campaign. In fact, Benteen wore it enough that the lining is gone and the maker's stamp (probably Pettibone" has been rubbed out. It is somewhat stiff, and the crown has tears at the folds. At one time, before other examples of the 1872 campaign hat turned up in private collections, this was thought to be one of only two or three that survived. A curator at the Smithsonian famously requested it for their collections, not necessarily because of Benteen's ownership but because there was not another like it in the National Museum of American History! It is still unique, and more significant than ever as an exceptional relic of Cavalry field service during the Great Sioux War.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    9th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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