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PATTERN 1895 FORAGE CAP OIL CLOTH COVER – SCARCE EXAMPLE:  As pictured on page 119 of Langellier’s HATS OFF, Head Dress of the U.S. Army, 1872-1912, this Oilcloth Cover for the Pattern 1895 Forage Cap has survived the years in solid  condition.   

Sensitive to poor storage, extremes of temperature, and dry rot, this oil cloth material seldom survives in any condition at all, and that this example survived intact is remarkable.  These covers simply do not appear on the market.   

With all of the seams intact and with no tears or holes, this cloth cover is full form.  The oil coating to the cloth has crazed in places where the cover was folded in storage such as along the upper edge and around the sides.  There is some loss of the coating, but the cover still retains its shape, and given how rare these covers are, it is still a respectable display example.  The dark blue bias tape band is still fully intact and present on the inside of the lower edge and up the back seam.  The material remains pliable and the cover would display quite nicely on a Pattern 1895 Forage Cap.   The size, 7 1/8, is written in pencil on the inside surface of the crown panel.   

This is a scarce offering and this Forage Cap Cover would be a nice addition to a Spanish American War display or a collection of 19Th Century US Army headwear and uniforms.  SOLD

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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