PATTERN 1850 WATERVLIET CAP POUCH
This cap pouch is strong example of the cap pouch made just before the Civil War. This cap pouch has an integral latch tab. The way the hole is cut in the flap is the clue to it being a product of the Watervliet Arsenal. There is a pilot hole for the slit extending up from the finial hole. That technique has been attributed to the arsenal. There is a line scribed into the edge of the flap and a US stamped into the outer flap. The leather is all solid and all seams are tight. The waist belt loops are intact and do not have rivets. Both ears on the inner flap. There is no wool inside the box. There is a little flaking in the finish of the leather but the latch tab is strong and there are no breaks.