The Doughboy Hat

The Hat- US Military Felt Dough-Boy Campaign Hat

United States Military (post?) World War I, Felt Dough-boy Army and/or USMC Campaign Hat (M1911) with the “Montana Peak”.

Similar to mine.

Similar to mine.

This is a size 6 7/8 military campaign hat from WWI.. I lost the size tag.

Similar to mine.

Similar to mine.

This is a United States Military (post?) World War I Felt Doughboy Army and/or USMC Campaign Hat (M1911) with the “Montana Peak”.

The pictures are representative of my hat and one of these days, I’ll take a picture of it…

I think it was produced between 1920-1942. It is dark drab green in color and has metal vents on the 4 peaks. The leather sweatband inside hat is still flexible and complete.. It has a little evidence of moth tracking.. There is no stitching around the brim. There are 2 metal grommet holes for the chin strap, but no chin strap. It has Quarter Master Markings: “rF” or “nF”.

The Campaign Hat M1911:  A small reference work for identifying early models issued by the United States Army from 1911 – 1942 and later versions used after 1945.. http://www.worldwar1.com/dbc/camph.htm

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From the link above:

USMC hats are extremely rare; in 1998 one went for $300, the price now is $620 on average.


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Excerpts:  1920-1942 – Quarter Master Markings: “rF” or “nF”.
Between the wars, the service hat changed little, except it now became thicker in density and the high peak of earlier years was reduced to a dome shape peak about 5 1/4 inches. Quartermaster markings were still in place underneath the band in ink, and Officers still purchased their own. Another feature is the changing of the United Hatters tag, now smaller but still the same design with the addition of the following: ” United hatters and milliners union of North America Registered trademark.” Smaller ventilation ports and an increased size of the chin strap grommet, were some of the manufacturers changes. It was at this time the US army decided to restrict the use and replace the campaign hat for good. The hat saw service in the Pacific theater and Alaska, only the mainland Cavalry were still issued it at this time (1942-1945).

Conclusions
This hat proved well both in the field and in the garrison, it was well received by all branches of the Army. It provided unsurpassed protection against the elements and when worn for this purpose redeemed it self admirably. However, with the advent of modern war it was impracticable against combat conditions. Although, it is associated with the AEF, many Doughboys wore the flat, easily folded overseas cap which was much easier to store than the Campaign Hat. The campaign hat is still worn by many US State Police Forces and Armed Forces drill instructors.

Today, collectors can pick up an enlisted service hat for anywhere between $34 to $140 depending upon condition and who’s selling it. Officers are a little higher, a Stetson can go for $149-200. USMC hats are extremely rare; in 1998 one went for $300, the price now is $620 on average.

Tags: US, Military, Felt, Dough-Boy, Campaign, Hat, Army, USMC, Montana, Peak, M1911, Cavalry, Doughboy, drill, instructors, DI

2 Responses to The Doughboy Hat

  1. April Wallace says:

    I have 2 Montana Campaign Hats. Both have been authenticated. I have a question about the hat band. One has a bluish cord with acorns at the end of the cords, the other just has a plain brown grosgrain ribbon band. What is the significance of the different hat bands?

  2. ace5ace says:

    Hi, April. I just tried to post from my smart phone. It didn’t work…

    I believe that different units within the US Army and the US Marine Corps used the hat band to differentiate themselves from other units and from the regular Army or Marine Corps functions.
    That is the best I can do. Not sure if I have some notes on the computer that died.

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