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    MOST RARE CIVIL WAR CONFEDERATE NAVAL OFFICER'S VISORED CAP. -Possibly made in England but there are so few existing specimens that it is difficult to establish standards or precedents. Formatted for the rank of lieutenant. 6.25" wide, 9.75" from front of visor to back, gray wool body with 1" wide separately affixed bullion tape band, set between two narrow raised welts, around the base. Tarred leather visor and chinstrap, the visor having a 3/16" oilcloth stitched binding. The chinstrap has two small leather adjusting loops. Retains the original scarce cuff size regulation Confederate naval officer's side buttons, the back mark inaccessible, with fouled anchor on crossed cannons over CSN. Original dark gray wool backed insignia incorporating a brass fouled anchor having bullion tips and rope, gold bullion wreath with bullion star at the top. 2" black Moroccan leather sweatband with stitching along the edge, split at the back. Textured brown polished cotton lining, lightly padded in the crown, quilted utilizing cotton thread in a concentric circle pattern An incredibly rare piece of Civil War Confederate headgear, this being one of the finest examples known.

    CONDITION: Completely untouched. Wool body with just a few tiny moth holes, really negligible. Tarred finish on visor and chin strap with some characteristic crazing, chin strap with a few chips along the edge and on the leather adjusting loops. Insignia and bullion tape band perfect with the brass anchor in the center of the insignia having a deep dark untouched patina. Sweat band about perfect. Crown lining shows some honest use with some sweat stains and obvious wear in the center. Overall as tight and sound as the day it was made.

    Provenance: The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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