This is a beautiful vintage military dress cap from Norwich University.
Founded in 1819, Norwich carries the distinction of being the birthplace of the R.O.T.C. (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) program. The school is one of the country's old Military Colleges.
This hat was worn by a member of the Norwich's R.O.T.C. cavalry unit, as evidenced by the beautiful brass insignia on the front of the cap.
This highly detailed, relief-cast crest features an American Bald Eagle at the top flying over the letters "R.O.T.C." "Cavalry Unit" and "Norwich University" can be seen at the bottom of the main shield shape along with the school's motto "I Will Try".
The interior of the crest shows a scene with mountains, trees and a beaming sun. In the foreground, a cannon represents the school's militaristic leanings while a surveyor's telescope symbolizes academia.
The cap itself is comprised mainly of beautiful black wool. Braided black wool makes up the band, while a more decorative gold band wraps around the front and culminates at each side. This golden band is held in place by buttons on each side depicting the Great Seal of the United States.
The Great Seal was adopted in 1782, and continues to serve as the United States' most significant, recognizable symbol.
The hat form was made by Berkshire De Luxe whose logo can be seen on the underside of the interior. Clear plastic lines the underside and features a small card shaped section for an identification insert. You will also find that the interior band is lined with brown perforated leather.
The black patent bill is in fantastic condition and does not show any scratches.
Underneath the clear plastic, the interior is further lined with golden-yellow satin and features a roll of stiff netting that helps the cap keep its shape. There is a tag hidden under the band that bears the cap size which is 6 ¾.
The interior shows some slight wear, but overall, the hat remains in outstanding vintage condition.
Measurements: Interior circumference: 21", Vertical height: 6", Side to side over crown: 17 ½" Weight: 10 oz.