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Hat Stand

Sixth-plate ruby glass ambrotype by an anonymous photographer. Dan Binder collection.
Sixth-plate ruby glass ambrotype by an anonymous photographer. Dan Binder collection.

A bearded Union infantryman with a furrowed brow uses the bayonet of his Prussian Model 1809 Potsdam musket as a convenient hat stand. Three letters attached to the flat part of his cap reveal a C flanked by a pair of Gs. The letters appear reversed here, a limitation of the photographic processes of the time.


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