A wonderful example of a field grade full dress cap for cavalry, worn by Colonel Pillow, USMA, Class of 1901.
I can count on one hand how many quality cavalry field grade officers caps I have owned since 1982, and still have two fingers and a thumb available for future count.
Colonel Jerome Gray Pillow, entered service from Tennessee. graduated from USMA Class of 1901. He began his career as a 2nd lieutenant of cavalry, serving with the 7th and 13th regiments in his early years. In the Philippines 1910-1911; returned to his regiment at Fort Riley, Ks, 1911-12; Mexican border and ADC to General Carter, 1913-14; To Hawaiian Islands, Schofield Barracks with 4th Cavalry,1914-16, transferred to 13th Cavalry 1917 (as captain); Major and Lt. Col. National Army Field Artillery in 89th Division WWI. Served with British forces then transferred to the 35th Division (G-2), 1918; with the 32nd Division on Div. Staff (G-3); Colonel of cavalry 1919 (NA); Lt. Col. regular Army 1920; at various schools through the 20’s and assigned to the Presidio, Cal. HQ 9th Corps, reserve training to 1929-1931; Colonel of Cavalry, 1931, en route to temporary assignment in Rome, Italy as Military Attache, American Embassy. Rome (attache to Italy and Albania), to 1936. Chief of Staff of 79th Division, eastern Pennsylvania, 1936-1938. Retired May 21, 1938 for disability in Line of Duty.
Awarded DSM, Spanish American War, Philippine Campaigns, WWI Victory (4 battle clasps), Chevalier of the Legion of Honor (French), Croix de Guerre with Palm (French), Order of the Crown of Italy (Commander grade).
The cap was purchase from “B. Pasquale Co. San Francisco,” during his assignment at the Presidio from 1929-31. The cap is of high quality and is in fine condition, with no moth damage, only slight wear to a few bullion threads (loose), and age toning. Wear is most apparent on the underside of the visor from handling.
The cap eagle is done in high relief, and the golden yellow silk banding is excellent all around.
Colonel Pillow’s calling card was found under the sweatband, and is from his time in Italy as military attache.
A super cap, belonging to a distinguished officer.
Don’t wait for the next one!