A nice example of a signal corps private purchase forage cap with bullion insignia.
This is a scarce example of an Enlisted/NCO forage cap from the 1880’s, where a bit of license was used on the part of this soldier to add an officer’s quality bullion insignia (without wreath). The bullion work used two color variants to give the insignia a quality look. Other examples seen show silver crossed signal flags cut from NCO cap wreath insignia, etc.
The cap has the 1881pattern signal corps buttons, with the original chin strap. Some old paper residue on leather.
A lining of black cotton is in fine condition, and although the stitching looks less of quality workmanship does appear to be original. Some of the threads have broken away at the rear where some moth damage occurred.
The dark blue wool cap shows sporadic mothing, and tracking, and I have provided photos to show this.
A great Signal Corps item.