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Original McDowell Pattern Civil War Union Infantry "Bummer" Forage Cap
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Here is a wonderful looking original Civil War soldier's hat. This is the pattern known as the model 1858 "Bummer's" cap. This pattern of military hat was a mainstay for the regular fighting men of the Civil War and is the version known to collectors as the "McDowell" style forage cap. This one is in very pleasing looking untouched condition. The blue cloth still retains a deep true blue color with a few small moth nips here and there as you can see as well as some old repairs. It has the original leather chin strap intact with the leather length adjuster slide still remaining. On one side of the strap it has the shield style eagle infantry officer service uniform buttons so we know it was worn by an infantry officer during the Civil War. The eagle has the shield with the "I" in the center which denotes the infantry branch of service. One of the buttons has been replaced somewhere along the line with an original button. The original brim is intact with the classic wide styling that is classic of the bummer style cap. You sometimes hear these referred to as "Duck Bill" because of the shape. On the inside of the hat it has the original sweatband intact as well as the majority of the original lining. As you can see from the pictures this is just a fine looking well worn hat all the way around.

Item #: A9783
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