Original Rare U.S. Pre-Civil War Era Regulation Artillery Shako - Circa 1850s

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fantastic example of a Pre American Civil War 1850s (1851 Regulation) Shako, used by an Artillery Officer. The uniforms introduced under the regulations of 1851 were relatively short lived, but the changes that were made were significant for the Army. The new regulations introduce the frock coat as the service uniform for all soldiers, thus eliminating the coatee. A system of branch colors was also introduced: Prussian blue for Infantry, Scarlet for Artillery, Orange for Dragoons, green for Mounted Rifles, and black for Staff.

All branch insignia was to be manufactured in yellow metal, eliminating white metal for foot troops, although gold bullion insignia was utilized by officers. A bright brass general service button was also authorized for all enlisted troops, and the branch letter was eliminated from the center of the national shield.

This is an impressive dark blue shako, with the correct red artillery accents with welted seams. Stands approximately 8 inches tall, with a blue wool-covered pasteboard body, this shako follows closely with the US regulation 1851 pattern shako with a rounded, bound leather visor. The flat crown is about 6 inches in diameter and is pierced at the forward edge for the scarlet red feather, the branch color for Artillery. Below this on the top front is a regulation stamped brass eagle with the arms of the U.S.

The thin leather chinstrap is in place and secured on either side with a small General Service Shield button. The interior has a very worn and brittle skullcap lining. The supple brown leather sweatband is also present, complete and firmly in place. The size of the cap is approximately 7 1/4 inches.

The condition is excellent, especially for the age! A lovely, scarce example that comes more than ready for further research and display!

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