Fine quality cap with New Hampshire Brigadier General George M. Kimball’s undress cap with printed name in lining.
Brigadier General George M. Kimball, graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1884. He practiced medicine in Massachusetts until 1889, until he ventured into the business world, which included railroads, hotels, mills, insurance, etc. He had remained in the medical field serving as a trustee of the New Hampshire State Hospital.
In 1907, General Kimball was appointed Surgeon General of the New Hampshire National Guard, by Gov. Charles M. Floyd, and was commissioned to that rank. He served in that position through the term of Gov. Henry B.Quinby until 1911. In 1917, Kimball became the president of the New Hampshire Saving Bank.
The cap is high quality with one of the nicest bullion eagles I have had on a cap of this period (1902-1912). The three dimensional appearance is due to the bullion work extending out a good 1/4 inch, and two different shades of bullion assist in that effect. The medium blue velvet band is plush, and in the light gives off different color. The visor shows evidence of being stored in heat, no doubt an attic, and a light moth tracking is seen on the crown. There are no holes, and display ability is fine. Sweatband shows use, intact. The stamped lining on the inside crown reads, “The Henderson- Ames Co./ Kalamazoo, Mich.” Below that is the personalization with Kimball’s name stamped in gold (the gold embossing is well worn with traces still remaining). New Hampshire state buttons hold the original gilt chinstrap.
Sizing label well worn, probably 6 7/8 -7.
A gorgeous cap with a history.