Cap; gray ; 7th NY Kepi; H.V. AL....; definitely after 1877
Wool, other textile, leather, braid, metal
Overall: 3 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 6 1/4 in. ( 9.5 x 24.8 x 15.9 cm )
"Chasseur pattern" gray wool felt forage cap; black leather visor which is flat and somewhat rectangular; soft crown with circular, countersunk top with gold braid applied around outer edge; vertical strips of gold braid applied center front, center back, and on either side of crown; black woven textile band around base of cap with gold braid on upper edge and white metal numeral "7" attached to center front; chin strap buttons embossed with initials "N.G." between branches of oak and laurel (chin strap missing); leather sweatband and black silk lining.
Bequest of Charles MacKubin Lefferts
maker's label: inside top of crown: "H. V. ALLIEN & Co. / 738 BROADWAY / NEW YORK."
handwritten in ink: on cloth label stitched to lining: "S. F. Lefferts"
in relief: on buttons: "N.G."
metal numeral: pinned to front of cap: "7"
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