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Early 1900's GAR Kepi 35th New York Light Artillery
Item #: WR173
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This is a Grand Army of the Republic kepi manufactured circa 1895 - 1910. The kepi is made of a red wool material with a black band and is entirely machine sewn. It has the markers label of PETTIBONE Bros MFG Co. Military & Society Goods Cincinnati, O. U.S.A. According to the American Military Goods Dealers and Makers book by Bazelon and McGuinn, Pettibone used this label from 1895 through 1941. The stitching throughout the kepi is strong and unbroken. The black tarred visor is securely attached to the body of the kepi and in very good condition. The buttons are marked Civil War eagle A buttons, representing the Artillery branch. One of the buttons has no back mark, the other is made by D. Evans. A cross cannon insignia with the number 35 under the cannons is centered on the front of the kepi. It is pinned at the top, with a loop of black thread on the right side cannon at the muzzle and another loop at the bottom of the number three. The chin strap is made of gold bullion, and is more decorative than functional. The black leather sweatband shows honest wear and is securely attached. The liner is a light colored polished cotton material and is also securely stitched in place. A paper size tag of 7 is attached to the sweatband in the back. It was suggested that this could have been from the Spanish American war, but the only record of a 35th field artillery unit I can find is from the New York 35th Independent Light Artillery Battery. This is an excellent representative of an early 1900's GAR kepi made very similar to the style worn by the British Cold Stream Guards.

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