Forage cap

Forage cap
Forage cap
Wool, leather, metal
Overall: 3 1/4 x 9 3/4 x 7 in. ( 8.3 x 24.8 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 1 1/2" square of red felt attached to center; "140" between curved branches of laurel(?) embroidered in heavy gold metallic thread on front; black patent leather chin strap secured at either side by a gilded metal button embossed with monogram "GAR"; leather sweatband and black textile lining.
Credit Line 
Gift of the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, through Major Kenneth Miller
Object Number 
embroidered: on front of cap: "140" embossed: on buttons: "GAR" maker's label: inside top of crown: "SHANNON . . . / 46 [ML] . . ."
Gallery Label 
According to the accession records, this cap was given to the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, along with a uniform coat and trousers (1951.481a-b), by Lafayette Post No. 140 of the Grand Army of the Republic. The coat and trousers are apparently from the Civil War period, while the cap appears to date from the 1870s or later.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group