Superb example of between wars Cavalry headgear.
This is a fabulous cavalry field grade officer’s cap in wonderful condition, and with good history. Purchased from THE CADET STORE, WEST POINT, N.Y. in the mid 20’s – early 30’s by a career cavalry officer H.A.C. de Rubio.
The blue wool body seems not to have on hint of moth or wear. The bullion retains most of the original brilliance, with the eagle insignia well constructed and displaying a nice relief.
The interior is very fine with one tear to the plastic crown protective shield, but with purpose as Colonel de Rubio deliberately did this to place his card within the plastic. The card reads, “Lieutenant Colonel H.A.C. de Rubio, Sixty- First Cavalry Division. Army and Navy Club.” The sizing label is present and states 7 1/8.
Finding information on army officers is difficult as was here with de Rubio, but fortunately we found some interesting facts. The colonel was affiliated with the New York Military Academy, and entry dated 1889. We next find him promoted to major in the rolls of National Army Officers just prior to WWI. He was attached to the British Army during WWI (2 American Divisions were) and acted a Provost Marshal for that (undetermined) division. In one reference extracted from a book entitled, The Yankee In The British Zone, we found this;
“the British even insisted on having these breastworks built around horse standings or picket lines, which, incidentally, was a big job. The military police of the Eightieth Division worked like Trojans to complete such breastworks around their horses in Beauval, only to fine, on finishing them, that they were about to move to a new location. But such instances of wasted effort along these lines were rare; for, excepting the military police and the headquarters troops of the corps and the divisions, there were no American mounted organizations in the British Zone. The lack of them was felt by many, especially by the ex-cavalryman; and by none more than by the provost marshal, the head of all the military police in the Second Corps. Major De Rubio, all his life a cavalryman, but in this war by force of circumstances in charge of military police, expressed his feeling on the subject one night at mess when speeches were being made by various members of the staff. Called on to speak, the Major rose and grimly grasped the back of his chair with one hand, while wielding a cigar with the other. “Gentlemen: I stand before you the hated of all mankind, a provost marshal” he announced. “Nobody likes policemen; I don’ like them myself. But I am not really a policeman, even if I am now acting as a provost marshal. Shall I tell you what I really am? I’m really only a cavalryman out of luck in a gasoline war!
I sure even before the war began, most cavalryman with years in the saddle, must have seen the rise of machines over the declining need for horse.
In 1921 the 61st Cavalry Division was established, headquartered in the New York/Jersey area. With apparent ties to that region, Col. de Rubio must have been a part of that organization in its early development.
This is one of the nicest cavalry officer’s cap we have had in this era.