This officer hat insignia features gold embroidery on a black velvet field and is made with top quality craftsmanship.
As per Army Regulation 1479, for all Officers: “The brim of the hat (M1858) looped up on the right side, and fastened with an eagle attached to the side of the hat…” The adoption of the Hardee Hat (most often known as the Jeff Davis hat) posed the problem of how to make the hat look military. One solution was to use the eagle design that was worn on the front of the cap (shako) as an insignia to loop the side of the hat up. These eagles saw service 1858-1871. They were among the more beautiful creations of the embroiderer’s art.