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7th New Hampshire Infantry Civil War High Grade Forage Cap
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Here is a very tough to find Civil War forage cap. You see the standard U.S. issued hats with some regularity but the state versions are much tougher to find and this one has extremely tough to find buttons. This one was made for a soldier from the state of New Hampshire. On each side of the hat, it has the cuff size New Hampshire buttons. You see many New Hampshire state seal coat buttons but only one is correct for being manufactured during the Civil War and this is it. They have fine detail and lots of the gold gilt remaining on the face and one has a push to the center. The face of the button has the New Hampshire state seal. The seal shows the New Hampshire ship builders building the frigate "Raliegh" for the Continental United States Navy at Portsmouth. In the background it has the sun rising up over the water. It makes a beautiful scene and they displays quite well. The backs and shanks are excellent. In the book they only list the Horstman of New York and Philadelphia maker marking. These two buttons are the Horstmann style generic "EXTRA QUALITY" backmark. You can tell that they have been on the hat since it was new. They are still nice and tight on each side. This is the style listed as NH1av in Albert's book and as an unlisted cuff version of NH210 in Tice's book. We know that this one was worn by a member of the 7th New Hampshire because of the die-struck brass regimental number "7"insignia on the top of the forage cap. The hat itself is the classic Civil War 1858 model blue wool felt forage cap. It has the original tarred and bound leather visor with the original chinstrap. On the end of the chinstrap, it has the 15mm New Hampshire state buttons previously discussed. When you turn the hat over, we see the original leather sweatband with the brown polished cotton lining. The fine original quilted interior crown and you can see that the die-struck brass regimental number "7" has been there forever. As for the regiment, the 7th New Hampshire Infantry had a valiant service and battle history. The regiment was organized and mustered in at Manchester, NH on December 13th 1861. Serving in the same brigade as the 7th Connecticut Infantry, together they were often jointly referred to as the "77th New England." They fought in Putnam's Brigade during the Second Battle of Fort Wagner in the same attacking column as the 54th Massachusetts. They also saw action at the Battle of Drewry's Bluff and during the Siege of Petersburg. Then they went to Fort Fisher in North Carolina and then to Goldsborough. This is a fantastic untouched piece that displays beautifully.

Item #: B5112
Shipping Weight: 5 lbs
Your Price:$3,950.00 USD
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