Grey Folding Forage-style Cap


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Grey Folding Forage-style Cap

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Grey Folding Forage-style Cap
Charles C. Plaisted, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Content Description: 

Gray wool folding forage-style cap with stamped brass visor, unpainted on underside, various decorative embellishment, and a black hackel plume. Cap form derives directly from the black leather forage cap adopted by the U.S. Army in 1833, which remained government issue until 1839. Cap is of three-piece construction designed to fold flat except for the visor; adaptation of the government's practical design for militia use effectively defeated an element of practicality. Edges of the poke are piped with black leather. A 1 7/16" wide gilt braid encircles the base in lieu of an ornamental chinstrap. Both front and rear are adorned with large red wool chevrons with attached gilt cording. Three cardboard-backed gilt bullion and gold sequin covered stars decorate the front. Beneath the apex of the front chevron is a stamped brass spread eagle secured by a linen tape passed through three wire eyelets inside cap. There is a 2 3/4" wide brown morocco sweatband with drawstring and a complete white glazed chintz lining. Two paper labels are pasted inside reading: CHARLES C. PLAISTED,/CAP MANUFACTURER,/No. 2, Daniel Street,/PORTSMOUTH, N.H." Below, in ink on the same label, an inscription reads: "Phillip Currier 4rgt (?) Sarg." Above, on another paper label, in ink script, "Thomas C. Seavitt/North Hampton, N.H./September 16 AD 1835." Black hackel plume is enclosed in a black morocco leather plume socket, arcs over crown of hat and is attached at opposite side by a cord looped around a small bone button.

Physical Description: 

Wool, leather, paper, linen, cotton. H: 8 1/4" (21 cm); Lpoke: 12 7/8" (32.8 cm); Wpoke: 7 1/2" (19 cm)

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, 01566
Collection of Old Sturbridge Village