Original U.S. Spanish-American War Era M-1887 Cavalry Summer Tropical Sun Helmet Complete With Original Chinstrap - Size 7

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.

This helmet dates to around the Spanish-American War and Indian Wars period. It has a lovely khaki color exterior, with the correct 4 panel construction and top vent cover which has an ornate brass oak leaf and acorn base with removable top spike. The front bears a beautiful federal eagle with “Crossed Saber” buttons on each side of the helmet, symbolizing use for cavalry units.

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 size 7 label on it.

Overall condition is very good, with a lovely patina and look. Helmet is complete with the illusive original chinstrap, something rarely seen. Ready to display!

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