Very importantly, the sweat band is backed in Buckram which was a stiffener 2 and 1/2 inches wide made out of woven hemp and is normal on Union Civil War period caps. The bill is a patent leather type and also compares very well to other originals that we have seen. The circular top of the hat measures 5 and 1/4 inches across.
There is a homemade extension at the rear of the cap to enlarge it. Our experts have said that they believe the enlargement to be much later, perhaps 20th Century.
The visor has also be re-stitched. Overall, the forage cap presents well. A wonderful addition to your collection! Thank You for your interest!The item "Union Forage Cap American Civil War Original" is in sale since Thursday, August 18, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Uniforms". The seller is "tabletopsgalore" and is located in Bessemer, Alabama. This item can be shipped to United States.