Lot 422: Wonderful dark blue wool kepi manufactured in the Confederacy, presumably for a drummer boy or child given its small size at approximately 6? in diameter, featuring a dark leather visor and adorned with gold braid trim in the chasseur pattern. The construction of the kepi is correct for the Civil War period. It is made of a dark blue wool broadcloth material and measures about 2? tall in the front and 5? in the back, with the top stiffened by a dark pasteboard covered in black cotton cloth. The same pasteboard material lines the plain leather sweatband, measuring 12.5? high, and the visor is constructed of three layers of leather, with black patent leather on top and brown leather on the bottom; an additional strip of thin black patent letter is machine sewn along the front edge. The trim appears to be a gold metallic braid hand-sewn to the body with a single strand thread. The chinstrap is a simple piece of flat braid with no loops or slides, and originally held in place by brass half-dome buttons, one of which remains entirely intact and the other with only the shank still in place. In very good condition, with a period repair to a split in the center of the visor, a small central hole in the top of the cap (seemingly from a missing button), and a split to the inner sweatband. Provenance: The Horse Soldier. Accompanied by a letter by Civil War historian Les Jensen detailing his thorough examination of this kepi and providing his expert opinion that it is indeed an original Civil War kepi, noting that "it is a particularly fascinating survival, since very, very few child's caps are known to survive."
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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