Item: Federal Infantry "Hunting Horn" Hat Insignia
Construction: Stamped thin sheet brass.
Condition: Very good, non-excavated, wire loops present. The brass has aged into a light dull brass patina. The two loops are bent over to the rear and there is a mild bend in the narrow section of the horn tube near the mouthpiece. There are no cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Approximate size: 3-1/2 inch.
Reference: Similar examples of this infantry 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 154, Figure 363.
"Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields and Campsites of The Civil War 1861-1865" by Stanley S. Phillips on page 91, Figure 5.
"Civil War Artifacts" by Howard R. Crouch on page 152.
Comments: Scans of the above noted reference book pages are included in the additional images. This infantry hunting horn hat insignia is likely a Bannerman Civil War surplus piece. In 1865 Francis Bannerman of New York purchased and sold Civil War military surplus. To read about Bannerman click the above link. To see two minutes of great video views of Bannerman's Castle on Pollepel Island via drone, click the preceding link. For another quality six minute video of views, both inside and outside the castle, click the preceding link. This Federal infantry "hunting Horn" hat insignia will be an excellent addition to any Civil War insignia or general relic collection.
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