Have got an odd question for you guys....Why is it, you see more than a few of the green wool Army visored hats in the Enlisted Men's style but sporting the Officer style Eagle badges? Were enlisted men even allowed to wear the hat but just swap out the badge?
The reason I ask, is that I was recently rooting about in one of the trunks in the basement here and came across a US Army Enlisted man's (no ribs on the band) hat that I don't even remember picking up. It's in totally unissued mint condition and even the leather sweatband is soft and pliable, but it had Two badges lying loose nearby-a nice Amcraft Acid Test Officer's eagle and an Enlisted man's 3 piece disk as well. The enlisted man's disk is unusual in the fact that it has no maker's marks and seems to have a smelted Copper appearance to the back of it, but the front of the disk and the eagle is nice shiny plated brass. Irritatingly enough, the 2 badges are lying loose and were stuffed inside a bag that was set inside the hat(which has No badge on it-but, apparently, One of the 2 belongs to it!) What do you guys think? US uniforms were never my field of collecting, so I have no clue as to why I even picked it up-probably cause it was so minty? So....which badge goes with it??