Original U.S. Indian Wars 7th Cavalry M-1881 Blue Cloth Spiked Pith Helmet Complete with Dress Plume & Cords

Item Description

 Original Item: Only One Available. Much like our European cousins in the 1880's, the U.S. Army started to adopt spiked pith helmets, often in white, with all brass mounts and occasionally plumes. These were known as the model of 1881.

This particular example is from the famous 7th Cavalry Regiment, the same unit of George Armstrong Custer. The helmet is complete with original horsehair plume and correct cavalry yellow cording and lanyard aguilette.

Constructed of hard blue felt with leather headband and all brass mounts. The vent on the crown is maker marked Raymold & Whitlock. There is also a size marking of 7 on the rear of the liner. The sweatband shows some signs of damage from age and handling over the years.

This helmet is still in fine condition with little evidence of moth damage to the wool felt napping on the outside. Most attractive and ready to display!

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