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Object ID # 1977.102.001
Object Name Cap, Forage
Title 31st Grey Battalion Forage Cap
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date Late 19th-century
Year Range from 1866
Year Range to 1878
Artist J. Martin Sons & Company
Made J. Martin Sons & Co., Montreal
Place of Origin Montreal, Quebec
Description 31st Grey Battalion infantry officer's forage cap. The interior has a bright pinkish purple lining in it, with the maker's mark in gold-coloured printing. The top has a fancy, looping braid-style decor item on it with a pom-pom in the centre. The crown is surrounded by a dark band with a subtle maple leaf patten on it. The small black visor brim has a thick brownish gold border (bullion thread?). Front and centre on the cap is a tarnished gold-coloured "31" (this is the regimental number for a militia unit). It is a dark blue / blackish cap.

Makers mark J. Martin Sons & Co Montreal
Provenance Manufactured by J. Martin Sons & Co. of Montreal (a military outfitters business). It is likely from the 1860s (the 31st Grey Battalion of Infantry was organized in 1866).

We do not know which militia member once wore it.

Collection Military, 19th-c Collection
Material Wool/Silk/Embroidery Thread/Thread/Dye/Ink
Found Grey County, Ontario
Subjects Militias
Military uniforms
Search Terms 31st Grey Battalion of Infantry
Function A miltiia uniform item, worn as headwear by a male militia officer who belonged to the 31st Grey Battalion of Infantry. This unit was created in 1866.