Mint in Box with rain cover.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a scarce contract of the 1895 Garrison or forage cap, Model 1895. Not a very popular cap with the Army, often referred to as that “damned conductor’s cap.” it was a major departure from army headgear that had been issued since 1858, with slight modifications over the years.
This particular cap came from the famous military surplus dealer, Frances Bannerman & Sons, New York. Packed in the original box with its issue rain cover, this B.Y. Pippey, & Co. contract cap is in near mint condition with only the sweat band showing some very minor use. (probably from being on a head form in a collection), and a tiny moth nip at the very rear of the cap next to the sweat band.
The contract stamp is found under the sweat band. The contract date can’t be made out.
The box has a sizing label on the front, size “7, __ue ” (blue). The box has the hole in the front, some areas of weakness, light foxing overall, but always a fortunate find when the original box comes along with the item.
The 1895 cap remained the undress cap for garrison use until the new uniform regulations of 1902.
I would think it hard to find a better one.