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Original ! Civil War era WIDE AWAKE style Kepi

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A rare opportunity for the political collector and Lincoln enthusiast, we offer this piece with some trepidation as we have set aside a small accumulation of Abraham Lincoln artifacts ourselves. (see: MaineLegacy.com) Acquired from the collection of a long time personal friend and historian who had this wonderful old oil cloth kepi since 1958 when he pried it away from a then budding Americana collector Norm Flayderman. No connection to Maine though which we have set as a perimeter for our personal collection, so we have decided we will part with the old kepi to a good home. Political collectors and Lincoln enthusiasts are well aware of oil cloth caps and kepi style caps worn by the Wide-Awakes of the 1860 presidential campaign. Well documented by period photography and political illustrations, original examples of the rather cheaply made and fragile caps are extremely rare, seldom seen outside of the most prestigious museum collections. Best described here by detailed illustrations, we will add only that the antique cap remains in excellent all original and untouched condition. A classic example of its origin as a short lived political amenity made to last through the campaign period, the cap is unlined with an oil cloth sweat band, a stitched on coated pasteboard bill, and a faux chin strap held by period three piece buttons. The brass numeral is clearly original to the period and likely represents a political district or precinct. If you have questions send us an e-mail. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


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