Original U.S. WWII First Cavalry Named Officer Grouping
Original Group: Only One Available. This is a very extensive uniform grouping attributed to a 1st Lieutenant with the United States’ 1st Cavalry Division. This is a named grouping but unfortunately the only stamping with the officers name and service number had a point where the ink bled, making most of his last name and service number unreadable. We tried to decipher it but all we could make out was:
Richard B Hen???
1st LT O-10??674
Although the stamp is incomplete, this still makes the grouping a great candidate for a research project.
This grouping includes the following items:
- One Garrison/Overseas Cover: The cover features a black with gold accent piping. There are a few moth holes but no significant damage. The cover is a size 7 ¼.
- One Green Wool Peaked Visor: The cover features a large “officer’s eagle” on the front and shows no signs of exterior damage. The inside sweat shield has turned orange like they usually do and has cracked a little towards the front. There are no tags or labels inside but there is a stamping in the leather sweatband: Featherweight. The visor is approximately a size 7 ⅛.
- One Khaki Peaked Visor: The visor features a large “officer’s eagle” on the front which unfortunately has the two pins broken on the back, leaving only the screw back securing it to the cover. There are minor moth marks and light staining to the fabric. The visor is complete and even has the back adjustment buckle and strap which you rarely see present on these visors still. There is minor cracking to the brim. There are no tags on the inside but the leather sweatband still has a stamp: Hygieatan/ A Certified Leather/ Antiseptically Made. The visor is approximately a size 7 ⅛.
- Pair of M1911 Cavalry Spurs: The spurs are english style and both are stamped “Rust Free” on the insides. The leather and buckles on both are still solid and complete but show signs of definite use and wear.
- Cavalry Saber/Sword Hanger: This hanger appears to have been used for presentation use and not field use. It is gold in color with brown leather and brass buckles and clips. The manufacturer stamp is still visible on the hanger and it is Ridabock & Co from New York. The condition is good but does show signs of wear and use.
- Personal Sewing Kit: The kit appears to be a private purchase item and was manufactured by EMCO, Edwin-Magnus Co from Jamestown, New York. The kit appears to have been used extensively and there are pieces missing. The condition is good and doesn’t show any signs of being damaged.
- Pair of Riding Boots: These 17” tall boots show signs of definite use and wear to them. The laces, which appear to be replacements, are broken and frayed on both boots. There is some damage and tearing to the boots but nothing major. The soles are still completely intact as well as all buckles and straps. The boots are approximately a size 10 ½.
- Green Wool Service Coat: The jacket features all buttons but doesn’t have any devices or insignia present on the jacket. There are no patches except for gold bullion overseas bars showing 7 bars indicating that he spent 3 ½ years overseas. There is one tag on the inside, Regulation / Army Officer’s Uniform.
-Tailored Green Service Shirt: This is a custom tailored green shirt and features a vibrant 1st Cavalry Division patch on the left shoulder. The shirt is nearly mint and shows no signs of being worn.
-Green Service Shirt: Shirt is in near mint condition and only has the manufacturer’s tag on it: Albert More / Junction City, Kansas.
-Khaki Summer Coat: This is the coat that features the incomplete name and service number and is located on the back collar silk lining. The coat features a vibrant hand stitched 1st Cavalry Division patch on the left shoulder. Unfortunately the stitching is coming undone in spots around the patch. On the left sleeve towards the cuff there are service stripes denoting 2 years of service overseas. There is no significant damage to the coat except where the ink bled through and is shown on the backside.
-Khaki Ties x2: The ties are in great condition
-Summer Khaki Riding Breeches x2: The breeches are in great condition and show no signs of damage.
-Winter Khaki Riding Breeches x3: All 3 are in great condition showing no damage. They are a heavy wool khaki colored material.
This is a very extensive attributed 1st Cavalry uniform grouping. They are all beautiful items and come ready to display in your collections. Groupings like this are becoming harder and harder to find due to the fact they are broken up and dispersed throughout various collections. Don’t miss your opportunity on this one!
The 1st Cavalry Division ("First Team") is a combined arms division and is one of the most decorated combat divisions of the United States Army. It is based at Fort Hood, Texas. It was formed in 1921 and served during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, with the Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in the Iraq War, in the War in Afghanistan and in Operation Freedom's Sentinel. As of October 2017, the 1st Cavalry Division is subordinate to III Corps and is commanded by Major General John B. Richardson.
The unit is unique in that it has served as a horseback cavalry division until 1943, an infantry division, an air assault division and an armored division during its existence.
Collar to Shoulder: 10”
Shoulder to Sleeve: 23”
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18”
Chest Width: 15”
Waist Width: 14”
Hip Width: 17”
Front Length: 32”
Collar to Shoulder: 10”
Shoulder to Sleeve: 24”
Shoulder to Shoulder: 17”
Chest Width: 16”
Waist Width: 16”
Hip Width: 17”
Front Length: 33”
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