Item:
ONJR22AS019

Original WWI U.S. Army M1911 Campaign Hat by Stetson with Officer Hat Cord

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. There is no more well known name when it comes to hats in the "Pioneering American West" than the John B. Stetson Company. Their “Boss of the Plains” Western hat would become the cornerstone of Stetson's hat business and is still in production today. Stetson eventually became the world's largest hat maker, producing more than 3,300,000 hats a year in a factory spread over 9 acres (36,000 m2) in Philadelphia.
 
This is a private purchased WWI M1911 Officers Campaign Hat by the Stetson Company. The sweatband is embossed on the left side with the JOHN B STETSON Co. "Shield" trademark logo, and the right side is marked by the location Philadelphia. It is offered in very good condition with signs of moderate use and some degradation from age.
 
It comes with an officer's black & gold hat cord with acorns. It also still has the original leather retaining strap, which is still intact with a working buckle. The sweatband is in good condition, with fully intact stitching, and showing moderate wear. It looks to be about a size 7 1/4 (58cm). There appears to be a name written on the leather liner, but unfortunately only Capt can be read.
 
A great service worn Stetson Campaign hat from the Great War, ready to display!
 
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 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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