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Gorgeous Civil War Grey Wool Massachusetts Militia Shako Hat
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This one is a beauty! It is an original Civil War 1851 Pattern Massachusetts Militia shako style hat. This is a tall hat that measures from the visor to to the crown 6-1/8th inches. It is the 1851 pattern grey wool shako that is crafted with the bound leather visor and chinstrap. On the sides of the hat, it has the cuff size Massachusetts state seal brass buttons reading "Mass. Volunteer Militia" surrounding an arm holding a sword and surrounded by stars. On the front of the hat, it has the classic "Jeff Davis" pattern 1-7/8th inch by 2-3/8ths inch Model 1851 die-struck gilt brass eagle hat insignia at the top. Below that, there is the 3 inch wide hunting horn insignia of the infantry. In the center of the horn loop, it has the cast metal company letter "A" with the silver tone. When you turn the hat over, you see the red Morocco leather sweatband, and brown polished cotton lining. The hat is in beautiful condition with some minor cracking to visor leather, dark staining to interior lining, possibly bloodstains. On the top of the lining, it has the gilt maker's mark to interior. On the sweatband, it is twice inked "H. Darling No. 12" and in a second hand "Taptville, Vt." The 1850 and 1860 censuses reveal several candidates as to who H. Darling may be, and three "H. Darlings" who enlisted in Massachusetts: Harvey A. Darling, a 22-year-old jeweler from Stoughton who enlisted as a corporal and mustered into Co. I of the 12th Massachusetts Infantry on 26 June 1861, killed in action at Antietam; Henry N. Darling, a 27-year-old painter from Athol who enlisted as a private and mustered into Co. B of the 27th Massachusetts Infantry on 28 August 1862, mustering out on 27 September 1864; or Horace E. Darling, a 21-year-old clerk from Boston who enlisted as a private and mustered into the 1st Company of the Massachusetts Unattached Infantry on 29 April 1864, mustering out after 90-days of service on 1 August 1864. With some more research you might be able to tie down which soldier it was but we will leave that for you. This is a gorgeous hat from all angles. THIS ITEM IS FEATURED ON OUR SHILOHRELICS YOUTUBE CHANNEL. HERE IS A LINK SO YOU CAN SEE WHY WE THOUGHT IT WAS NEAT ENOUGH FOR A VIDEO: SHAKO

Item #: B7900
Shipping Weight: 8 lbs
Your Price:$3,650.00 USD
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