Looks like some kind of home-made stiffener or retainer.
Also seems to have had extensive repairs done to the
sweat band - including the visor as well. The price
should reflect condition.........
Thanks, Steve. They are asking $250. Wonder is there's any way of knowing if the repairs were period done or more recent? Thanks. -Ethan
Well it seems like a non-expert type repair as the stitches
are quite long and do not follow the original holes well,
if at all. The band could also be a recent replacement.
$250 is pretty fair I'd say, but wait for more learned
responses to be 100% sure.........
Its pretty beat up on the inside but the outside holds up nicely, some visible mothing that I can see. I think 250 is reasonable for its condition, mint and very good condition ones are starting to run into the 6-700s these days.
I'd normally suggest looking beneath the leather sweatband, as many times these hats had dates and unit markings on them there, but, given the poor condition of the sweatband, I don't think that I would dare touch it...
"Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."
Thanks for the help everyone. I am going to pass on this one.