Great image showing the “Montana Pike” before officially adopted in 1911.
The 1889 campaign hat was issued in a “fore and aft” crease in the crown, but the fashion with soldiers beginning in the 1870s was to form it into the “Montana Pike.” The Montana Pike would be incorporated into the new campaign hat of 1911.
This is one of the best images I’ve handled showing clearly how it was done, and worn. The subject in the photo is a private in Company “K” 3rd U.S. Infantry. I would like to tell you he has a corps badge on the hat as his campaign hat as well, but is only a flower; must have some significance to the unit, or just to this private.
Image size is 7 x 9 inches and framed in what is not period to the image but circa- 1920-30s.
No ID on the soldier.
Super reference image.