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Authentic US Model 1864 Light Artillery Shako Hat by Horstmann in 1866
Item #: L4895
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Here is a piece that you seldom see. It is an original US model 1864 artillery hat with this version being made under contract in 1866. This is the pattern known as a "Shako" hat. They have a very distinctive design. It has the dark blue wool covered body with black that has the original hard-leather crown. As you see there is about 40% of the wool missing in action and the underbody has been colored to try to make it match better. There is a tarred 1 ¼-inch black leather band around the base of the hat. It ahs the original very large unbound, thick leather visor. On the front of the hat it has the original stamped brass spread-wing eagle plate. The interior of the hat has a 1 ¾-inch brown morocco leather sweatband. It has a superb circular green label on inside crown marked "3 / Horstmann Bros. & Co. / Manufacturer of / Military Goods / Fifth and Cherry Sts. / Philadelphia." The initial contract for these US Pattern 1864 Light Artillery Shako was given to W.C. Dare of Philadelphia, with the 1866 contract given to Horstmann. Because of this we know it was made slightly after the Civil War. This is a nice looking original Civil War era hat that doesn't cost a fortune.

Shipping Weight: 6 lbs
Price Was: $995 Sale Price: $695.00 USD

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