With State Seal of Missouri
During the period before WWII, some stated continued to use their state seals on uniform headgear, or worked the state crest into the shield on the eagle’s breast shield, etc. Missouri is one of those states, and this is the first one I have had.
The state seal and corresponding state seat side buttons are used on this field grade officer’s hat. The silk banding depending on the light appears to be either black or dark blue, either way that would make this hat for either Staff or Staff Corps respectively.
There are a few small stains on the crown, whether they can be cleaned I am not certain. Either way, they are not large and do not detract from the appearance of the hat. The bullion has an even overall patina. the maker is, The Craddock Uniforms, Kansas City, St. Louis, Established 1879. The size is 7 1/2. Some stitching loose in a few small areas of the sweatband.
A real nice State example, seldom seen.