A fine quality forage cap in the 1872 pattern made by G.W. Simmons, Boston, Mass.
This forage cap made in the pattern of 1872, was made by G.W. Simmons, & Co., Boston, Ma. in the short period of 1878 and 1881 (the firm’s name changed slightly to G.W. Simmons & Son). Their company name was embossed on the inner crown lining.
The dark blue wool cap is in very good -fine condition with a few small areas of mothing, and very light moth tracking only noticeable upon close inspection. Massachusetts side buttons hold the bullion chin strap made of gold bullion, now showing age toning. Beneath the chinstrap is a thin back cotton strap used on the back of the head to assist in securing the hat firmly when worn. The un-trimmed visor is tightly attached to the cap body. Applied to the front is the infantry branch insignia of gold bullion now toned dark with gilt wire to simulate the rifle barrels and slings; silver bullion is used for the regimental number “2.”
The interior is complete with full lining and sweatband, all showing a lot of use, but sound condition.
There was no history with this piece.
A nice untouched example of officers headgear, representative of both state and federal style.