Original U.S. WWII Artillery Officer M1911 Campaign Hat in Excellent Condition
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a private purchase WW2 M1911 Officer's Campaign Hat. It is embossed in gold letting on the leather sweatband 3XXX Beaver Quality. Original paper size tag reads 7. It is offered in near mint condition with little if any signs of use with the only very minor signs of age. It comes complete with red Artillery officer hat cord with acorns and leather chin strap. This is just about as fine an example of this style hat you can find.
The Hat, Service, M1911 (Campaign Hat) was made of OD wool felt with a wide brim and "Montana peak" crown. There were ventilation holes in the crown with grommets, a silk hatband, and a silk and brass braid cord closed by a knot and terminated with a tassel. Inside was a leather sweatband and an attached chin strap. The Army model was dark brown OD in color.
The hat cords were worn around the base of the crown indicated the branch for enlisted men and rank for officers. The system was similar to the piping colors for the Garrison Cap, copied from the Campaign Hat. Unit and rank insignia were sometimes worn on the front of the hat when authorized.
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