Original WWI Era U.S. Marine Corps Dress Blue Enlisted Bell Crown Visor Cap
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice condition U.S. Marine Corps Dress Blue "Bell Crown" visor cap, intended to be worn by Enlisted Men for dress and parade occasions. The name comes from the pronounced flare out towards the top of the cap. This cap is constructed of wool fabric stretched over a wicker inner frame.
The cap features a WWI pattern black leather brim, supported by pressed paper or fabric. The brown oilcloth sweatband is stitched to the body of the hat, and does show wear and age, and is now rather delicate. The stitching holding it in place is partly rotted out, so we have not attempted to see if there are any markings underneath, to avoid further damage.
The front of the cap bears the correct brass EGA for the "dress blue" scheme, with a black EM/NCO leather adjustable chinstrap with two USMC side buttons. There are some small areas of moth damage on the crown, as well as areas on the rear lower rim. Overall the wicker in the hat is sound, though it is definitely bent in on one side . We estimate the size to be 7 - 7 1/4 or so.
A very nice example of a Marine Corps cap from the WWI Era!
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