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Model 1839 Mexican War Officer's Forage Cap Attributed to William Wallace Bliss

Dark blue wool cap with bound black enameled leather visor and chin strap with brass frame buckle and eagle staff pattern side buttons.  Obverse has embroidered silver bullion Old English letters "US" in a gold bullion wreath on black velvet, bordered in gold wire.  Crown heavily padded. Lined in black silk/wool mixed fabric with leather sweatband.  Oral tradition related that this cap was worn by Lt. Col. William Wallace Bliss, the Chief of Staff to General Zachary Taylor, serving in that position during the entire Mexican War.  He later served as the presidential assistant to Taylor after his election and married Taylor's youngest daughter.  This is the same cap pictured in Langellier & Loane, U.S. Army Headgear: 1812-1872, pg. 28.

Condition:Very good. Normal age crazing on the visor and chin strap. The velvet finish is mostly worn off the insignia.

Estimate: $9,000 - $15,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$13,200
11/05/2015

 

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