RARE Rough Rider’s Campaign Hat, ID’d – SOLD

A rare campaign hat identified to Victor H. Benson of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry better known perhaps as Teddy Roosevelt’s “Rough Riders.” He was in company “L”, and enlisted from New York in 1898.

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A rare campaign hat identified to Victor H. Benson of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry better known perhaps as Teddy Roosevelt’s “Rough Riders.” He was in company “L”, and enlisted from New York in 1898.
His story-hat was made by Ridabock & Co., New York with their label embossed on the sweatband (faint but legible). Benson used india ink on the left side of his hat, drawing large cross sabers insignia, with troop letter above and “1st U.S. VOL. CAV.” below. Saber knots hang from each hilt. Where the “1” of 1st is written, the wool is gone where ink was originally. Sporadic mothing on the left side, on the upper creases, and a larger hole inside the fore and aft fold. The sweatband is still hanging on by a few threads.  The original silk band was replaced in the period with the half in wide white leather, and the stories of various members have been memorialize upon that. There is also a tear on the front brim.  And of course snowflake vents are on this 1889 pattern hat.
The caricatures of other members of the Rough Riders are drawing with a brief note made about them. The include, starting at front center going right: Unknown (too much wear); “Chaplain Brown, He did very good.”;  “Sergt. H. Fish, Killed June 1898.” ; “Died as he had lived, A saint, R.H. Davis.” ;  “Victor Benson Troop L US Vol Cav. Enlisted NY———1898” (This is written in the rear tassel ends area);  “Capt. Allyn Capron Killed June 1898.” ;  “Adjutant Hall (wild stampede?) Las Guasimas?”;  “Col. Leonard Wood ——-1st U.S. Vol. Cav.”;  “Lieut. Col. Roosevelt The Bravest and the Best (remaining unknown).”;  “Gen. Shafter” (inscription unknown.”  Most of the figures are thinning and some hard to see, and it does take in most cases some magnification to read the inscriptions.
Benson was in Troop C, New York Cavalry, 27 years of age when he transferred to the Rough Riders at Camp Alger, Va, July 9, 1898. He was buried in Simonsville Cemetery in Andover, Vermont.  He is listed there as being a captain in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI.
You know this is a scarce hat, despite some condition flaws, a most historic item from the Spanish American War.
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Weight 12 lbs