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Baker & McKenney Contract 1858 Dress Hat with Artillery Insignia

5.25" x 6.125". Black wool with red worsted wool cord, ostrich plume, and 3" wide double-stitched brim. Tan leather sweatband marked on interior "21". Loop-backed brass branch and regimental designation with leather keys. Inside label reads "BAKER & McKENNEY / MILITARY GOODS / 141 / GRAND ST. / NEW YORK" with some additional illegible handwriting. Four .25" vent holes in a diamond pattern added to crown. Address indicates this cap was likely made in 1865, as the firm of Baker & McKenney did not move to the Grand Street address until December 1864.  

Condition:

Very good.  Some small moth holes throughout. Brim stitching and ribbon are in good condition with only minor pulls and fraying. Sweatband is intact with some staining from wear.   

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,880
10/31/2018

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