Federal "Jeff Davis" Hat Insignia

Item: Federal "Jeff Davis" Hat Insignia
Construction: Stamped thin sheet brass.
 Fair, excavated, attachment loops missing. The brass has aged into a brown patina. According to the record kept by the digger, the device was recovered in three pieces. The pieces were reconnected using a clear adhesive presummably by the digger. A center portion of the clouds and rays, along with the eagle's left wing tip, are missing. On the rear is the digger's reference number in black ink over what is believed to be "white-out".
Approximate size: 1-13/16 x 2-3/8 inch.
Recovered: in the area of Harrison's Landing, Charles City County, VA.
Reference: Similar examples of this hat insignia can be found in the following relic reference books: 

  • "American Military Headgear Insignia" by J. Duncan Campbell and Michael J. O'Donnell on page 211.
  • "Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields and Campsites of The Civil War 1861-1865" by Stanley S. Phillips on page 93.
  • "Civil War Artifacts" by Howard R. Crouch on page 151.

Scans of the above noted reference book pages are included in the additional images.

Comments: Included in the additional images of the item is an image of the digger's index card indicating, in most cases, the item's identification, assessment of condition, recovery date & location and other general information. In cases where there are discrepancies between the digger's description and Virginia Relic's description, Virginia Relic's description shall be deemed correct. An image of this card and insignia will be included along with this description. This Federal "Jeff Davis" hat insignia will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War insignia or general relic collection.

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