1895-Pattern Nebraska Officers Dress Cap (105-B)
A nice pattern-1895 U.S. Volunteer officer’s dress cap representing the state of Nebraska. The First Nebraska Infantry, U.S.V., Spanish-American War, was commanded by Colonel John Miller Stotsenburg, a graduate of the USMA at West Point in 1877 and a career soldier until accepting command of the 1st Nebraska Vol’s, USV in 1898. He was killed in action 23 April, 1899, while in command of the 1st Neb. Volunteers at Quinqua, Philippine Campaign. There were a total of forty-five officers in the regiment at the conclusion of the 1st Nebraska’s return from the Philippines Campaign in 1899 and an additional six officers which were earlier discharged, resigned, or, in the case of the regiment’s commanding officer, killed in action. This cap is not identified, and could have been the property of any one of fifty-one officers of this regiment. However, the leather sweat band shows much wear around the edges where the band is sewn indicating that the cap was worn daily for all of the campaign. The cap is still in very good condition not having any mothing to the dark blue wool body, just a little dusty with age. The black 1 ½ inch mohair band has a few minor threadbare areas, particularly around each brass “Nebraska” state side button holding the gold cord cap strap. The tarred visor just shows a few expected age impressions in the surface. The underside of the visor is lined in very thin leather which has a few flaked areas but minor. The 1 ¾ inch wide russet leather sweat band is all in place and the cap is a large size, probably about 7 ½, though a partial size label no longer is legible. Complete lining of black silk intact with impressed makers label of “The Armstrong Uniforms Co., Chicago”. An excellent rendering of the standard US officer’s embroidered gold spread-winged eagle/13 stars motif located on the front with the addition of a state identification, “NEBRASKA”, embroidered in silver gilt above. This is a nice officers 1895-pattern cap from a regiment that saw much action during the campaign in the Philippine Islands, 1898-1899.