Civil War M-1858 Forage "Bummers" Cap Kepi'Wilson's Zouaves' 6th NY Infantry Regiment; Harrisburg PA Estate - Authentic & Museum Grade Fine Condition, Very Rare. The Union Enlisted Grade M-1858 Forage "Bummers" Cap Kepi, certainly the most recognizable piece of Civil War headgear. This example is an all original'Dana Hat Co. Paris' stiffened paste board crown measuring 6" diameter, front rising to 4.5" and rear 6.5 tall. The telltale exterior stitching is about 1.5 up at the back gradually rising to the front termination.
Interior has correct brown polished cotton lining and pasting where expected; measures 8" front to back and 6.5" across at the visor. The hand stitched leather sweatband measures 2" toward the back and 1" at the visor. The period chinstrap measures 5/8 and along with the visor exhibits the expected leather crazing. The visor measures 3.5" at the button side to the front and front to tip is 1.25" U. The wool material does have dust from storage as photographed.This fine condition original is a recent acquisition from a very old Harrisburg PA estate. The condition is amazing with only one notable moth hit and some wear around the wool at the paste board crown as photographed.
The vast majority of period Forage Caps are in far less condition with numerous issues. This iconic Civil War Forage Cap is from the notable "Wilson's Zouaves" which participated in 20 campaigns deep into the South in the early years of the war. The unit was made up of mostly Bowery area gang members from New York. A wonderful addition to any advanced headgear collection.
Please review all photos for details regarding the condition of the item listed - further condition information will be included in the listing as is relevant, if you need additional photographs or have questions regarding the condition please do not hesitate to ask. I describe all items to the best of my ability - please do not hesitate to ask any and all questions prior to the close of the listing. Mistakes very rarely occur - however if one does please rest assured that it will be corrected. The item "Civil War M-1858 Forage Bummers Cap Kepi Wilson's 6th NY Infantry Regiment VF" is in sale since Monday, January 11, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Uniforms".The seller is "tortugaacquisitions" and is located in Avon, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.