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Kite Kepi for sale "Clone Cap"

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  • While Supplies Last: Kite Kepi for sale "Clone Cap"

    Kite kepi
    Here is the text from the original advert:

    With pleasure I am able to offer another "clone" kepi. This is an 1864 cap Id'd to a Virginia cavalryman named William Kite. It is classic Richmond Depot style.

    On April 26, 1864, General John Imboden called for reserve units throughout the Shenandoah Valley to muster for the defense of Virginia.

    A few days later, on May 2, Chrismanís Boy Company, made up of youths mostly 17 years old and younger, arrived at Imbodenís command at Grassy Dale, Virginia. There they received their flag from the ladies of Harrisonburg. They served in Imbodenís brigade fighting at the Battles of New Market Gap, Piedmont, Lynchburg, Bufordís Gap, and Hanging Rock.

    In August of 1864 the Boy Company was sent to Richmond. There they served as Libby Prison guards, and later in the defense lines around Richmond. As members of Chrismanís company turn 18 years of age they transfer to regular army units. A token few surrendered at Appomattox.

    The kepi is made using Ben Tart's blue/gray kersey. The two chinstrap buttons are original white glass, and there is a third glass button at the rear of the cap, presumably for a rain cover. Lining is natural osnaberg fabric while the sweatband is unpainted canvas. The leather chinstrap uses a japanned iron buckle which has been faithfully reproduced.

    The visor maintains the shape and composition of the ďRichmond DepotĒ kepi; it is made of tarred cloth covered pasteboard with a wide cloth edging sewn on by wide stitches of undyed (white-natural) thread.

    This is a carefully crafted stitch for stitch copy of the original. It will make a great addition to your collection.

    Comes with a data sheet w/photos of the original.

    One Kite kepi in-stock @ 7 1/4, normally $125, on sale for $115 Ppd.
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    The brave respect the brave. The brave
    Respect the dead; but you -- you draw
    That ancient blade, the ass's jaw,
    And shake it o'er a hero's grave.

    Herman Melville