Civil War period or Earlier Engineer Officer's Hat Insignia
Item #: DROL914
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Civil War period or Earlier Engineer Officer's Hat Insignia. Very rare bullion, embroidered. Overall pristine condition. 2" X 3" dark blue/black wool with white 'gauze' on verso, exhibiting old museum accession number in ink. Gold bullion embroidered wreath with silver bullion embroidered Engineer's castle in center with silver embroidered, old English, US above. Doubtless one of only a handful of specimens extant and superb condition.

The Corps of Engineers wore a castle in a wreath on the front of either the Jeff Davis (Hardee) hat or forage cap (kepi). Unlike other wreaths, the engineer's insignia was formed from two types of leaves. On the left side of the insignia is palm and the right laurel. The silver castle could be embroidered or of metal. The design of a castle in a wreath was first used in 1840 and continued in use through the Civil War until 1895 when separate branch insignia were replaced by a national emblem, the seal of the United States, on officers' hats.

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