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Fantastic Civil War Shako Hat For the State of Massachusetts by Bent & Bush
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Wow! That's what you think when you first see this one. It is the rare Civil War model 1851 pattern shako style military hat. This one was made for a soldier serving in the military from the State of Massachusetts. We know this because not only are the side of the cap adorned by two beautiful cuff size state of Massachusetts uniform buttons but it has the embroidered insignia applied to the front of the cap. It has the letters "M.V.M." which stands for the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. It also has the embroidered 2nd Brigade notation. The original chinstrap is intact with the brass length adjuster displays well and is in fine shape. You can see that this one has been completely untouched for decades. You can image it spending all of those years in the veteran's attic. The brim of the hat is made of the tarred leather material and it has a fine look. It has the very high quality embroidered Hardee style Eagle hat insignia. It also has the original pompom which is shaped like an acorn instead of the standard ball design. This is a very nice additional touch. When you turn the cap over you are greeted by the original sweatband. The majority of the time this is missing but not on this beauty. On the top of the inside it has the original silk lining with the gold lettering from the manufacturer. This one is made by the famous firm of Bent & Bush of Boston and Lowell, Massachusetts. Bent and Bush were one of the premier makers of uniform and accoutrement during the timeframe just prior to the Civil War. As you can see this hat displays superbly from all angles. The hat is accompanied by an original Bent and Bush labeled box that fits like a glove. If you have wanted a true Civil War hat then this beauty is just perfect for your collection.

Item #: B5121
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