Original U.S. Late Indian Wars Era Model 1872 Federal Issue Chasseur Style Pattern 5th Infantry Kepi With “I” Infantry Buttons

Item Description

Original Item: Only one available. This is a fine example of a Indian Wars Federal Issue Model 1872 chasseur-style kepi in good condition. As issued to both enlisted men and officer’s during this period.

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, not stiffened with pasteboard. This example has a circular crown stiffener as seen on later issued military caps, making this a variation we have not encountered before. 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 tarred leather.

There are two brass “I” Infantry Shield Federal Eagle pattern buttons on the sides of the kepi that keep the black leather chinstrap secured.

A lovely example ready for further research and display.

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