Original U.S. Moro Rebellion Era Infantry Regiment M1902 Khaki Visor Cap

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice Philippine-American / Moro Rebellion era Model 1902 peaked visor in khaki. The visor was worn by a member of a US Army 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. Unlike the M1895, it is made of heavy khaki canvas, and has a tarred leather visor bound with patent leather, lined on the underside with lacquered paper. It does not have the 1 ¾” band going around the cap, and retains a patent leather shin strap retained by gilded brass federal regulation general service buttons.

A wonderful, work example that is complete and offered in a Size 7. There is no significant damage present but there are evident signs of use and wear, just like we want to see them!

Comes more than ready for display.

In the period following the Spanish American War, the Army again took a hard look at its uniforms, accouterments and weapons. In 1902 a board was assembled in Washington, to review the Army's uniforms, and on July 17, 1902 the results of the board's deliberations were published as General Order No.81. This General Order made significant changes in how the Army looked.

Virtually every item of clothing was examined and most were redesigned. Blue was eliminated as a color for service dress, being replaced by olive drab and khaki. Leather items were changed from black to russet, new insignia were authorized, chevrons became smaller, and even new buttons were introduced in gilt for dress and bronze for the field. By the fall of 1902, the Quartermaster Department at Philadelphia began making the new uniforms, but the changes were not without controversy, extending even to the White House. How could the Army think of issuing new uniforms when there were stocks of the older pattern clothing still available and in serviceable condition? In 1903 a compromise decision was made in which the Artillery and Engineers serving in the United States would continue to receive and wear old pattern clothing until stocks were exhausted. In addition, old pattern trousers and khaki cotton service uniforms would continue to be issued (except those with branch colored facings) to all units.

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