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ONJR23RNJ006

Original U.S. Indian Wars Model 1872 New York State Issue Chasseur Style Pattern Kepi by Ridabock & Company

Item Description

Original Item: Only one available. This is a fine example of a Indian Wars New York State Issue Model 1872 chasseur-style kepi in very good condition. As issued to both enlisted men and officer’s during this period. This cap bears the maker stamp in the crown stiffener for the firm of Ridabock & Company of New York, New York.

This Federal Chasseur Pattern Kepi features fabric of very fine blue wool broadcloth. The crown stands nearly 2 1/4" high at the front, 4 1/2" at the rear seam and the top is 4 1/2" in diameter, stiffened with a pasteboard beneath the lining. The body of the cap meets a band of wool seamed only at the rear and stiffened with leather. The cap's interior is lined with black polished cotton which is still mostly attached to the top seam. The Moroccan leather sweatband is 1 1/8" wide. The flat visor is original to the hat, and composed of painted leather.

There are two brass New York State “Excelsior” buttons on either side of the cap to which the chinstrap is secured. The interior pasteboard is embossed with a makers name and logo. The crown markings are extremely faint and very hard to read, but after comparing with past examples the markings are as follows:

Ridabock & Co.
Formerly
Baker & McKenney
Military Goods
141
Grand St. New York

Indian Wars and Civil War ‘chasseur style’ kepis are quite popular. This wonderful condition sample will make an excellent addition to any military headgear collection!

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