1889 US Signal Corps Enlisted Dress Helmet


The eagle plate is sporting the new pattern 1902 Signal Corps insignia.

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The pattern is the 1881 dress helmet for enlisted men, this being the second pattern adopted by the Signal Corps during the helmet’s period us use, 1881-1902 (and on). The 1st pattern helmet called for Orange cords, but fading in the sun over a period of time looked to close to the cavalry plumes and cords, and in 1889, the SC changed to black.

This plate uses the  silvered metal signal corps insignia with torch, added in the 1881 period.  All components on the helmet are original.  The chest cords show some fraying in areas, but those on helmet and tassels are fine, with light fading only.

The eagle plate is missing a loop on the upper left back side, having broken off over the years (can be fixed).  The loops are held in place by use of button mounting rings. The sweatband is marked with the Horstmann Contract stamp date Nov 25th, 1897.  The felt body is excellent and show some light mildew, that will clean.

A large size, approximately a 7 1/2.


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Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 24 × 24 × 18 in