Original U.S. M1881 Army 3rd Infantry Dress Plumed Pith Helmet by Horstmann - dated 1897
Original Item: One Only. Much like our European cousins in the 1880s, the U.S. Army started to adopted spiked pith helmets, often in white, with all brass mounts and occasionally plumes. These saw active service in the Spanish American War of 1898 especially in the tropical climate in Cuba.
This helmet is dated NOV. 29 1897 on the underside of the liner, and it really is quite striking. This is not the type of helmet that was worn in the field, but instead one intended for use with the "dress" uniform for ceremonial occasions. It beautifully made from cork covered with black fabric, with the Maker's name inside under the liner leather sweatband :
Wm. H. HORSTMANN
The Helmet plate displays the Great Seal of the United States, with the American Eagle with a banner in it's beak stating: E PLURIBUS UNUM. Helmet plate is in excellent condition, with all three attachment hooks present. The side cockades over the years are of crossed Rifles for an Infantry Soldier. The top has a lovely black plume, which would indicate which unit the soldier was a member of. The liner is also in great shape, with a lovely brown color.
Very nice, great condition for age, ready to display.
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