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1839 Forage cap – wheel hat

Starting at: $95.00


I have to stop taking orders for a while. I am sorry to say my mother had a stroke last week. I am her only care taker. This is going to be a full time job for me for a while. All orders that I presently have I will complete and get out ASAP. Once I am able to resume business as usual I will let everyone know. Thank You for your understanding.

The 1839 forage cap or wheel hat, saw service from late 1839 up to the mid 1850’s. Made of dark blue wool, it features a vertical visor, tall headband and a stiff reed welting around the crown, an ear flap attached to the headband and held in place by the chin strap button and ribbon of cotton or silk.

New information about the 1839 forage cap has come to light. From the Center of Military History, it is of they're impression that, quote "while a few prototypes were made for trial, they never actually saw production and was never actually issued." so I will no longer be making the type II or III caps.
Branch of service trim (colored band) may be added for additional cost, the trim is applied to the hat making it removable. Although originals hats show no evidence of having colored bands, I have found that a “regimental Band” was the only unit, documented, to have been authorized to wear the colored bands on their hats.
Officers version also available with polish cotton lining. See hat chooses below.

This item is individually made per order and is made in the U.S.

NOTE, I am running a little behind in my orders and had to increase the time of shipping the order to 8 to 10 weeks for short period of time. To insure everyone receives their order on time, please indicate in the comment box your "need by date". Thank you for your patience.

International customers please allow for 14 business shipping days

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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 29 March, 2012.

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