Early H. Berdan cap badge
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Author:  Calum [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:52 am ]
Post subject:  Early H. Berdan cap badge


Scrolling through eBay, and this caught my attention. http://www.ebay.com/itm/CDV-carte-de-vi ... 448wt_1133

Based on his sideburns, this is an earlier photo of Berdan. I've seen reference to this particular cap badge before, but I don't remember seeing a photo of it.


Author:  BrianTWhite [ Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:35 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Early H. Berdan cap badge

That is a lithograph based directly on an early war wet-plate by Brady. Berdan actually posed twice in the session; one with his cap on, the other with his cap off. The badge appears different in the litho because it actually looks something like that in the original image due to the contours and design of the badge itself and the angle at which the photo was taken. It's just the US/rifles/SS seen in early war photos of officers.



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