21st U.S. Infantry Officer’s Forage Cap


Circa late 1870s-80s. with direct embroidered bullion insignia.

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21st U.S. Infantry Officer’s Forage Cap.  A fine quality cap with direct embroidered bullion insignia (1875 crossed rifles pattern) for the 21st Infantry.  The cap is not identified to a specific officer, but has federal infantry officer eagle side buttons with “I” in the shield.

The interior shows a good amount of wear, with the silk crown lining in tatters, and the makers label unlegible. The brown cotton lining is mostly intact but some areas are loose.  There are a few stitches loose that hold the visor, and It has a full attached sweatband. No size label, but approximately a 6 7/8-7.  The bullion chinstrap narrow twist style worn by most officers.

The 21st Infantry in this period had seen action against Apaches and Modoc tribes in the far west, and later took part the Nez Perce Campaign, and Bannock war, with more service on the Plains.

Forage caps from this era are plentiful, most being school boy, and state caps, with very few U.S. regulation types coming to the market. U.S. Army headgear of this period are scarce, and most unappreciated.

Overall in very good – fine condition.

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Weight 1 lbs