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MODEL 1887 US ARMY SUMMER HELMET – VERY NICE SOLID SPECIMEN:  One of the classic pieces of Indian War headgear, this Model 1889 US Army Summer Helmet has survived in very nice solid condition.  Probably best known for their issue to the soldiers in the Southwest during the Apache Wars, in fact these helmets eventually saw wide distribution throughout the army’s installations as a standard issue relieving the soldiers of their heavy and hot woolen headwear.   

The body of this helmet still retains its full shape with no damage or crushing to the crown or the brim, and the top vent is present.  The outer cotton khaki covering is intact with no wear spots or tears, all of the seams are intact and the material is overall clean with minimal signs of age and storage.  The inner lining of crown is in like new condition with no stains or wear.  The green linen lining on the underside of the brim shows signs of aging and wear, with some separation of the weave.  The leather sweat band is in very good condition and all of the cork mounting discs are present, as are the two brass chin strap hooks.  The round paper patent tag is still present on the inside of the crown.   

This is a very nice example of one of the more unusual pieces of US Army headwear from the Indian War and Spanish American War periods.   (0364)  $395



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