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MODEL 1902 ENLISTED MANíS SERVICE CAP (COTTON KHAKI) Ė w/ 5TH CAVALRY CAP BADGE:  Adopted at the beginning of the 20th Century, the Model 1902 Dress and Service Caps introduced a basic style of military headwear which would continue in service through to the present time with only minimal changes.  In service for only ten years, the series of Model 1902 Caps were soon replaced by the Model 1912 Cap.  In addition to the short service life of the Model 1902 Caps, the army was quite small at the time, resulting in a very low number of the 1902 caps being produced, and both of these factors contribute to these caps being fairly scarce in the modern collectorís market.   

Featuring a tightly belled crown, this Model 1902 Enlisted Manís Service Cap is in extremely nice condition, still holding its shape very well and showing only the slightest sign of wear and age.  The cotton khaki crown is full form, still retains a nice even color with no significant soiling, and is fully intact with no damage or open seams.  

The cap features a subdued finish badge identifying the soldier as being assigned to Troop A of the 5TH Cavalry Regiment.  The proper subdued finish is fully intact with no wear or misshaping.   

The enameled black leather visor is full form and retains an even color with some minor wrinkling to the surface.  The black leather chin strap is intact and shows no wear, held in place by the two subdued-finish service eagle buttons.  The leather sweat band still retains its russet color, showing little evidence of wear, is fully attached, and still retains the size label at the back of the cap.  The sweat band bears the embossed stamping ď1 S.C.N.Y.Ē which is likely a unit issue inventory identification.   

This is a very respectable example of the fairly scarce Model 1902 Enlisted Manís Khaki Service Cap which was worn with the khaki service uniform in warm or tropical environments.  (0901)  $425



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