This attractive Civil War private contract rain cover was fashioned from coarsely woven cotton textile, tarred and designed for use with the classically high Civil War issue bummeror McDowell pattern forage cap. A private contract variation of the few legitimately period rain covers that have survived in that the material is a bit heavier and the tarred finish offers a flat tone rather than the gloss of common oilcloth. A pleasing example to look at as in offers good evidence of age, period use and originality yet remains in exceptional condition, solid seams with no rips or tears save an small period stitched repair to one of the side button holes. (see illustrations) This impressive original rain cover remains supple as original yet maintains its shape and character when set out for display. Would go nicely over an original bummer or simply displayed adjacent to a forage cap. It is not an overstatement to say this is the most pleasing original Civil War rain cover we have seen in our nearly 55 years of visiting museums, viewing some of the finest private Civil War collections and seeking out such treasures in the wild. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! COLOR=#0000FF>

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