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Campaign hat

Object Number: 
1923.93
Date: 
1919-1920
Medium: 
Wool, leather
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 x 13 1/2 x 12 1/4 in. ( 15.2 x 34.3 x 31.1 cm )
Marks: 
stamped in gold: on sweatband: "Crutcher & Starks / Louisville, U.S.A." handwritten in ink: on sweatband: "C. M. Lefferts, RegY. Sgt. Maj. / 7th Inf. N.Y.G."
Description: 
Dark olive green wool felt campaign hat with "Montana peak" and wide, flat brim; crown with four ventilation holes with grommets; brown and black hat cord with acorn tips and slide; leather sweatband and chin strap.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this is an Army regulation campaign hat. It was worn by the donor, Charles MacKubin Lefferts, who enlisted as a private in the 7th Regiment National Guard, State of New York, in 1893, and served five years before being honorably discharged. He re-enlisted for one year in 1901. With the outbreak of World War I, Lefferts wanted to fight for his country, but his age prevented him from serving in the ranks in France. He re-enlisted for federal service in 1917 and served until 1921 rising to the rank of Lieutenant. The year of his retirement he received a state decoration for long and faithful service. Lefferts dedicated most of his life outside the military to the study of the uniforms worn in the American Revolutionary War. He was a tireless researcher, devoted to the accuracy of his descriptions and illustrations.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Charles MacKubin Lefferts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group