Original Pre-WWI U.S. Army Model 1889 Summer Tropical Sun Helmet

Item Description

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.

The interior is lined with green fabric under the brim, with khaki fabric inside the crown. The leather sweatband is still fully intact, and has a small PATENTED MAY 2 1899 label as well. There is no size or maker listed, but we estimate it to be about a US size 7 (56cm).

Overall condition is very good, with a lovely patina and look. Helmet is complete, except for the missing chin strap, which could be replaced. Ready to display!

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