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Scarce Engineer Officer’s US Model 1858 Hardee Hat

Fine quality variant private purchase felt hat with tall oval top, the crown pierced with central air vent; black silk ribbon band. Brim narrower than the standard Hardee hat (2.5"), with sewn black band on the edge; fitted with gold bullion officer's cap cords and engineer officer's insignia. Tan leather sweatband (partially detached); blue silk lining retaining much of the gilt maker's label for Sullender & Pascal of Philadelphia. Felt faded to a grey-green. Insignia possibly modified or added later. In early 1861, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania purchased $7,635 worth of hats from Sullender & Pascal for the Pennsylvania Militia. (Philadelphia Inquirer, May 21, 1861)

U1122 $1995

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