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1901 HOSPITAL STEWARDS MALTESE CROSS HAT INSIGNIA AS WORN ON THE M1895 FORAGE CAP UNISSUED ON ORIGINAL UNIFORM SUPPLY CARD:  Introduced in 1901, these Maltese Crosses designated the staff NCO as a Hospital Steward and were worn on the front of the M1895 US Army Enlisted Forage Cap.  These are unissued, on the original paper board uniform supply card stock and are complete with the knurled screw back knob and the two pins to prevent the insignia from rotating out of alignment on the hat.  The crosses are made of German Silver and still retain their original luster.  The card show their age with some discoloration, but the card stock is intact and full form.  The cross measures 7/8 wide and high, and the card measures 2 square.  Have only a few of these and with the short period they were used, this cap insignia is not commonly found.  $50 each

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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