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    Wonderful Indiana Cavalryman's "Plug Hat" and veterans' memorabilia. Here is a classic example of one of the most difficult types of Civil War headgear to find: the distinctive "plug hat" with its low, rounded crown. A popular, privately purchased uniform item at the time, examples are exceedingly rare today. This specimen is further highlighted by usage by a Abram J. Moist, Co. C Fifth Indiana Cavalry. The 2.5 inch wide brim of the soft black felt hat is bound in the typical black ribbed silk. On the front is stitched a small hand-cut XXIII Corps badge of red felt measuring just over one square inch. Its regulation yellow worsted hat cords remain in place around the base of the crown, resting against a band of 1.5 inch wide black silk. The interior is unlined but retains all of its original 1.75 inch wide, glazed leather sweatband. The hat is clean and supple and overall condition is excellent, with some minor stitching loss to the sweatband that in no way detracts from its appearance. The hat is accompanied by Moist's GAR cap, bearing an embroidered wreath insignia on the front surrounding the numerals "134" and having a pair of gold embroidered crossed sabers affixed to the crown. Cap is near perfect condition, complete with its GAR side buttons and leather chinstrap and a small Philadelphia maker's label on the inside. Only the front insignia has the slightest trace of moth damage. Also with the grouping are two post war badges and a black ribbon on which is printed "Wilson/ Post No. 134/Mifflintown, Pa." in silver lettering. The gold-fringed ribbon hangs from a gilt and celluloid "Grand Army of the Republic" suspension bar from which also hangs a smaller white ribbon with crossed flags and other patriotic devices. One badge is made of stamped brass with a lead filled back. The top bar has "5th. Ind. Cav." in bold relief. Suspended from it is a shield bearing crossed sabers and a carbine also in relief, under which is a panel stamped "Co. C." The spring pin remains on the reverse and condition is excellent. A very scarce and desirable regimental veterans' emblem. The second badge, made of brass with a gilt finish, is the more commonly encountered veteran's insignia made by "J. S. Ginger" of St. Louis and so marked on the back. The decorative suspension bar is stamped "A. J. Moist" in an arc, with a shield hanging from it on which is stamped "Co. C/5th/Ind. Cav." below which is stamped the emblem of the XXIII Corps. Moist, a Pennsylvania native, was living with family members in Indiana when he chose to join the 5th Indiana Cav., rather than returning to Penna.. He served his entire enlistment, engaging in all of the unit's actions, and also had service in with the 48th Co. 2nd Bn. VRC. Moist returned to Pennsylvania at the end of the war and applied for his pension from that state. A wonderful ID'd grouping featuring an exceptionally desirable piece of Civil War headgear.

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    June, 2011
    25th Saturday
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