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Civil War Artillery Officer's Pillbox Hat

Heavy dark blue wool felt 2" tall at the brim, with red wool tape piping, with an elaborate 8" tassel of blue wool suspended on a 6" braid of wool. The front brim embellished by an embroidered Infantry horn with crossed cannons in the center, flanked by the numerals "1" and "8". Faintly visible on the interior of the crown in gold stamping are two (?)undecipherable initials, followed by "CO", over "New York."

Based upon the unit number "18" and the western New York provenance (see below) this splendid private-purchase fez was more than likely worn by an officer of the 18th New York Light Artillery.

The 18th was organized in Rochester, New York in September, 1862. One hundred and seventeen of its enlisted men were transferred, December 20, 1864, to the 25th Battery, and the men still in excess of the maximum strength to the 26th Battery. The battery left the State December 2, 1862, and served in Sherman's Division, Department of the Gulf, from December 27, 1862; in the 2d Division, 19th Corps, from April, 1863; in the 1st Division, 19th Corps, from May, 1863; in the defenses of New Orleans, La., from August, 1863; in the Siege Artillery, General Canby's forces, from February, 1865; and, commanded by Captain Mack, it was honorably discharged and mustered out July 20, 1865, at Rochester (Source: HDS).

A rare accoutrement, almost never seen.

Provenance:Purchased by the Consignor's father about from a Tony Fidd, a Civil War dealer in Rochester, NY

Condition:Minor mothing around crown and rim, but by and large in very good condition.

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$7,638
06/11/2010

 

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