Gold Eagle Patch

Larryh86GT

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This small keepsake patch recently caught my eye on an auction. It is 3" tall and 2 1/8" wide. The gold braid is metal. It
was described as being an epaulet but it is interesting. Does anyone recognize what it may be from? Or an era?
Larry

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This small keepsake patch recently caught my eye on an auction. It is 3" tall and 2 1/8" wide. The gold braid is metal. It
was described as being an epaulet but it is interesting. Does anyone recognize what it may be from? Or an era?
Larry

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Yes - that is an embroidered oval that's affixed to the side of an officer's M.1858 Hardee or Dress Hat; it holds up the brim on one side.
 
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Larryh86GT

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Found it:
Bullion Hardee Hat Insignia
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This is an original bullion insignia for a CW Hardee Hat which was sewed onto the side of the soldier's tall headgear. This one seems to be an unused surplus example. Note use of various bright wires to make design and border.

Embroidered oval patch features spread-winged eagle with shield design. Background is black felt with gold bullion thread and sequence used to embroider the border and eagle. Gold is semi-bright, with some original gilt remaining on higher surfaces. Back of patch is brown polished cotton and is hand-stitched to the black felt. There is an attachment loop present at the bottom. The edges of the black felt are worn, but otherwise patch is intact and stitching is tight. Measures approx. 3 ¼ X 2 ¼.
 
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29thWisCoG

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It could be the 8th Wisconsin who carried a live bald eagle named "Old Abe" into battle as part of their colors... This regiment had a special eagle emblem for their regimental flag instead of the usual state flag, and the regiment was nicknamed the "Eagle Regiment"... the eagle patch for the 101st Airborne today is honoring Old Abe.

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It could be the 8th Wisconsin who carried a live bald eagle named "Old Abe" into battle as part of their colors... This regiment had a special eagle emblem for their regimental flag instead of the usual state flag, and the regiment was nicknamed the "Eagle Regiment"... the eagle patch for the 101st Airborne today is honoring Old Abe.

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No, this was standard for all Army officer's for their "Hardee" hat, while the rank and file had the sheet brass "Jeff Davis" eagle. General Orders No. 3 (March 24, 1858) dictated that officers will have the brim of the hat looped up on the left side with an eagle and feathers to be attached to the right side. I have added a picture from the Schuyler, Hartley & Graham catalog, where many officers would pick out their uniforms and accouterments. Officers would order their hats complete with all required insignia and embellishment.

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