Includes acid and lignin-free archival grade storage box for safe keeping (shown in the last photo above).
This 19th century infantry cap (or kepi) was worn by a member of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), an organization founded for Union veterans of the American Civil War. The style of the cap is very similar to those worn by Union infantry during the war itself.
The GAR involved itself with many social causes, notably campaigning for improved pensions for veterans, patriotic education, the establishment of Memorial day, and voting rights for black veterans. The organization was finally dissolved in 1956, with the passing of it's final living member.
The cap was manufactured by M.C. Lilley (established 1865), a maker of uniforms for fraternal organizations like the GAR that grew in popularity after the Civil War. The maker's stamp inside the cap reads "M C Lilley & Co Manufacturers of Military and Society Goods Columbus Ohio," though it has been partially worn away.
The condition of the exterior is good overall, with minor scratches present on the brim and some loose stitching. The interior shows heavy signs of use, with some tears in the leather sweatband and portions of the stitching that have come undone. The brass colored emblem on the front of the hat reads "344 SV," encircled by a wreath.
Wearing this hat is not suggested, due to its fragile state. It should be stored inside of the archival grade storage box provided with your purchase, and handled only with gloves.
This item was obtained by History Hoard from a private Beaverton, Oregon collection via a Colorado auction house and antiquities specialist. A signed Certificate of Authenticity will accompany your purchase. You will receive the exact item shown in the photos above.