The US Army first introduced brown denim way back in 1904 as a fatigue cover for work details, and largely to use the hard wearing fabric to protect the cotton and wool uniforms beneath. Initially issued in brown canvas (of which this hat is a good example) and latterly brown denim, they would only switch fully to blue denim in 1918. Needless to say, given their age and their rugged use, pieces of brown denim from this era are rare and much sought after. You can read more about brown denim in the US Army on the USMF link here. Notice another of this exact pattern of hats is included and referenced as being made in 1917 during WW1.
For its age, this hat is in stunning condition. There is some simply beautiful fading through the brown canvas, and a couple of marks here and there. The leatherette sweatband is well worn, but present, and the lining is intact, bar one small split seam. The original owner has even signed it in pencil.
- Small/medium size
- 57cm around the sweatband