Nice example with Maryland State Shield
The undress pattern cap for general officers for this period called for a plain black velvet band on the cap with the 1902 pattern eagle insignia. Some states made significant change to their eagle insignia, some less, most just used the federal pattern. Maryland chose to use the eagle and just replace the federal shield with the state crest, and it makes for a lovely cap.
Minimal wear, virtually no moth damage, just a real looker. State buttons used with the gilt chin strap. Slight heat affects on the visor. Made by the New York Clothing House, Baltimore, MD. The owner’s name has been embossed into the lining, “J.C. Linthicum.” I have no information on him.
Remember the scarcity factor comes into play here, so consider how many generals were serving in the state of Maryland from 1902-12 and how many caps could exist in this condition till today?