Original Pre-WWI U.S. Army Model 1889 Artillery Summer Tropical Sun Helmet - Size 6 7/8
Original Item: One Only. Much like our European cousins in the 1880s, the U.S. Army started to adopt sun helmets, especially for use during the hot summer months. These saw active service in the Spanish American War of 1898, especially in the tropical climate in Cuba. While often called "Pith Helmets", the U.S. variety was usually made of cork material.
This helmet dates to just after the conflict, probably during the first 10 years of the 20th century. It has a lovely light khaki color exterior, with the correct 4 panel construction and top vent cover. It looks to have had a front plate at one point, but it has now been removed. It also has "Crossed Cannons" buttons on both sides, which attach to the interior chin strap hooks, indicating Artillery Issue.
The interior is lined with green fabric under the brim, with khaki fabric inside the crown. The leather sweatband is still fully intact, and is still quite soft. There are some faded markings on the underside, however we unfortunately cannot read them. There is still a small PATENTED MAY 2 1899 stamp on the inside of the shell. The rear of the sweatband is has a small size 6 7/8 label sticker.
Overall condition is very good, but does show staining to the exterior, as well as oxidation to the fittings. The original chin strap is almost completely missing, with a few inches still attached to one of the hooks inside.
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