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  1. #1
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    Wheel Cap design

    Greetings

    Anyone have any pattern for a wheel cap/mechanics hat?

    I plan on "tarring" this black

    Thanks
    Shawn Stern
    Wheeling Fencibles

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    Re: Wheel Cap design

    The Workwoman's Guide (1840) has a pattern for what we call a man's "wheel cap," though I've never read descriptions of them described as such during the period, they're generally referred to as just "caps."

    Also, these caps more often have just painted cloth covers (the body of the cap being made from wool), rather than being constructed entirely from painted cloth. The logic makes sense, in foul weather you wear the cover, in hot humid weather you take it off so you don't swelter.

    The 1860s versions of these caps are different than those seen in 1840s or 1850s Daguerreotypes. They are less mushroomy, have smaller welts and visors. I suggest doing a survey of original photographs from the 1840s-1860s to gain a better understanding of how these caps evolved through the years.
    Last edited by Ian McWherter; 02-11-2010 at 05:12 PM.
    Ian McWherter

    "With documentation you are wearing History, without it, it's just another costume."-David W. Rickman

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    Re: Wheel Cap design

    Good advice

    We are going to use them for a militia impression we are putting together
    for, when all put together the 1860-61 events

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    Re: Wheel Cap design

    the work womans book is what I used to make a cap for my boy. Since he didn't care for slouch hats.
    Cpl. Joseph Lambert
    7th TN Co.D

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    Re: Wheel Cap design

    Young Campaigner has a free guide on his site.
    http://theyoungcampaigner.typepad.co...our-own-m.html
    Nick Buczak
    19th Ind

    http://www.allempires.com

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    Re: Wheel Cap design

    Hey everybody. I also used the young campaigner's web page to make a mechanics cap. It was my first cap, and much to my surprise turned out very well. I used some left over gray jean wool from a jacket project. I then used unbleached heavy cotton for the visor, sewed it, then painted it. Good luck on the cap.
    Kenton Siers

    “South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum” - James L. Petigru

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    Re: Wheel Cap design

    do you have a description on how the painted cloth cover was constructed and fit over the cap. I plan on making a wheel cap and cover. Is the cover made in the same order as the oil cloth havlock

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    Re: Wheel Cap design

    I also am intrested in a cover, i have yet to come across a image of one through? does anyone have one?
    Martyn Goddard
    American Eagle Society
    Mess #4

    http://www.aesoc.org/

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    Re: Wheel Cap design

    I have made a few mechanics caps myself. And I seen one that was all painted. But as to it's origin that is up in the air. But are you looking more for the 39' Forage cap. Many people consider this cap a Wheel hat.
    Robert Melville


    We as Americans finish what we start. And dying for these Colors, or our brothers around us is no different. We will always remember the ones that have passed before us. Even though their bodies are committed to the depths their spirits live with in us and helps push for tomorrow

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    Re: Wheel Cap design

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McWherter View Post

    Also, these caps more often have just painted cloth covers (the body of the cap being made from wool), rather than being constructed entirely from painted cloth. The logic makes sense, in foul weather you wear the cover, in hot humid weather you take it off so you don't swelter.
    i am interested in the painted covers, are they similar to painted cloth covers used on kepi,s and forage caps? what do they look like are there any images of these wheel cap covers around?
    Martyn Goddard
    American Eagle Society
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