This confederate Kepi is made out of a thick vintage Jean cloth wool with a homespun cotton liner. There is a very comfortable brown soft cowhide leather sweatband on the inside brim. The bill and chinstrap are handmade from a very strong vintage French leather. Chinstrap is fully functional with brass keeper.
The buttons that hold the chinstrap in place are original Indian Wars production buttons made in the late 1800's by Horstmann of Philadelphia. Please read additional description for a more detailed account of the products we make. Here at "The Threads of War", We are proud to bring you one of our most beautiful custom tailored, hand made American Civil War hats. This is not your typical run of the mill cheap reproduction from China or Pakistan.
All of our wool is vintage wool from Woolrich Pennsylvania and other areas of America. We also use some vintage wools from Europe as well. Our trims are original late 1800's & early 1900's productions imported from France just like the original.
The trims are all real metal, metallic made. Our trims are no longer in production either so once we are out of them, it is gone. All trims we have were produced pre-1900's in France so there will be slight patina on some of them. The leather we use (for bills and chin straps), is also vintage leather imported from France.
We acquire old leather items and reconstruct them as needed. Leathers are early to mid 1900's production so you know it is the good stuff. Not the leather like they're producing today. The bills are a 1/8" to 3/16" thick with a leather wrapped edge and are double stitched to the hat itself guaranteeing it will never separate from the hat. The leather chin strap is fully functional.Chin straps made out of metallic trim vary in functionality, some are 2 piece and move and others are stationary single piece for looks like some of the originals officers wore. The inner liner is a homespun cotton bought from organic fabric producers located all over the United States. Most of it is also vintage but some is manufactured in current time. The buttons we use are post American Civil War production (1870's to 1890's) and are produced by the same companies as the originals on the same machines with the same dye's just a few years after the war ended. Most are Hortsmann out of Philadelphia, Pa.
Same goes for the buttons as the trim, once they are gone that is the end of them. The sweatbands we use vary from thin cow leather to goat or sheep's leather depending on what impression the hat is made by. All American made leathers cut straight from the hide not manufactured. They have the correct hard inner disk on the top that is made out of the same materials and like the originals made to be water resistant and never lose its shape. All our items are made on original 1800's sewing machines or hand sewn.We do not use modern machines. Our latest machine used is a 1913 White Rotary. You will not be disappointed. If you do not agree that our hats are the best you will ever own you may return it. If oversea buyers would like something different, please let us know and we will adjust as needed.
The item "Confederate Civil War Wool Kepi, Custom Tailored Sz. 58cm" is in sale since Sunday, February 23, 2020.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Reenactment & Reproductions\Uniforms". The seller is "the-threads-of-war" and is located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped worldwide.