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Service cap

Object Number: 
ca. 1919
Wool, leather, metal
Overall: 4 3/4 x 10 x 9 3/4 in. ( 12.1 x 25.4 x 24.8 cm )
in relief: on front insignia: "E PLURIBUS / UNUM"
Olive drab wool service cap with brown leather visor and chin strap; metal insignia in the form of a shield-breasted eagle surmounted by a banner and starburst, with Red Cross pin below; chin strap secured at either side by a button decorated with insignia similar to type on front of cap.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, the donor, John Ward Dunsmore (1856-1945), was one of America's leading painters of murals and historical subjects in the late 19th and early 20th century. He was best known for his realistic and accurate genre paintings of the events surrounding the American Revolution and Early Republic. His dutiful research and attention to detail lead to the creation of vivid paintings that became a part of the nation’s historical imagery. The Society owns about thirty of his completed paintings and hundreds of his preliminary works. During World War I, Dunsmore was a major in the army in charge of Red Cross activities, serving at U.S. Army General Hospital No. 5 and at U.S. Army General Hospital No. 41.
Credit Line: 
Gift of John Ward Dunsmore
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group