Original U.S. Moro Rebellion 2nd Infantry Regiment NCO M1902 Visor Cap by Fred M. Batchelder Co
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice Philippine-American / Moro Rebellion era Model 1902 peaked visor in Navy blue. The visor was worn by a member of the US Army 2nd Infantry Regiment. The M1902 replaced the earlier M1895 pattern. This was the U.S. Army's second example of a visor cap after leaving the traditional kepi design. Like the M1895, it is made of wool, and has a leather visor bound with patent leather, lined on the underside with lacquered paper. It does have the lovely infantry blue band going around the cap, and retains a patent leather shin strap retained by gilded brass federal regulation general service buttons.
The inside lining is in wonderful condition and still retains a lovely polished black cotton appearance. The oil cloth sweatband is complete and in great condition, however there is some minor thread loss towards the rear. The top of the lining still retains a complete and legible makers mark:
FRED. M. BATCHELDER CO. BOSTON - CHICAGO
This company was known widely for their manufacture and sale of uniforms civic and military use.
This is a wonderful example with very minor moth nips present. It would be extremely difficult to upgrade from this one! Comes more than ready for further research and display.
In August/September 1900 the 2nd Infantry was deployed to deal with the Philippine Insurrection during which it fought in over 25 engagements on several of the islands. In May 1903 the regiment returned to duty in the western United States, it was stationed at Fort Logan, Colorado and Fort D. A. Russell, Wyoming. In February 1906 the regiment was redeployed to the Philippines and remained there until returning to the United States in March 1908. The 3rd Battalion went to Fort Assiniboine, Montana and the balance of the regiment to Fort Thomas, Kentucky for training and garrison duties until deploying to Hawaii in 1911.
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