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Forage cap

Forage cap
Forage cap
Forage cap
Wool, other textile, leather, metal
Overall: 3 x 10 x 7 in. ( 7.6 x 25.4 x 17.8 cm )
"Chasseur pattern" dark blue wool felt forage cap; black patent leather visor which is flat and somewhat rectangular; soft crown with circular, countersunk top with dark blue braid applied around edge; vertical strips of braid on center front, center back, and on either side of crown, joining horizontal strip applied 1 1/4" from lower edge; "7" between laurel(?) branches embroidered on front; black patent leather chin strap secured at either side by a gilded metal button embossed with initials "N.G." between branches of oak and laurel; brown leather sweatband and black silk lining.
Credit Line 
Gift of P. Hamlin
Object Number 
maker's label: inside top of crown: "H. V. ALLIEN & Co. / 738 BROADWAY / NEW YORK." embroidered: on front of cap: "7" in relief: on buttons: "N.G."
Gallery Label 
According to the accession records, this cap belonged to a chaplain, probably a member of the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York. A related jacket was also given by the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group