A fine condition example of a regulation 1889 hat with cords.
The 1889 campaign hat was made issue for all troops in the drab color, but some officer’s still preferred the black which had been the standard color for decades. The hat has the star vents, three rows of stitching on the brim. The sweatband is stamped “REGULATION U.S. ARMY HAT,” using silver lettering. The sizing label is present, being a 7 1/8 size.
I have left the hat cord on because it’s sewn down. They look good there, but I believe these were put on the hat by a G.A.R. veteran (there is evidence of a cap insignia once being in place). The cords are officer type, made of the black and gold cording, and like the hat are in excellent condition.
Period is late Indian War- Spanish American War era.
A super hat, and one that would be hard to improve on.