Silver embossed Horstmann Bros & Co. / Philadelphia / Contract May 1889 on the sweatband.
Horstmann Contract May 1889, enlisted forage cap, a slightly different pattern than the 1872 model. This cap was replaced in 1895 with a complete departure in style, then called the Garrison Cap. Many in the army referred this new 1895 cap as a “conductor’s cap,” it being so completely different from what the army had used since 1858.
The cap is in very good- fine condition with one obvious moth hole on the left side (about 1/8 inch round). At some point an unknowledgeable individual had placed an 1858 cavalry insignia on the crown. Evidence of this is seen on the inside cardboard of the crown; the outside is nearly undetectable until closely scrutinized. Has the full black cotton lining. All original.
Some chipping of finish on the inner cardboard crown, and the sweatband shows a good deal of cracking, and wear, some affecting the contract date on the right side of the band.
Likely a 6 7/8 – 7 size.
Harder to find than the 1872 patterns.