French Service Kepi for Intendant General 2nd Class Louis Pierrot
This service kepi, worn by Intendant General 2nd Class Louis Pierrot, dates to the 1930s. It is olive green wool featuring two silver stars on the front, which identifies the 2nd Class General rank. The chinstrap is black felt with the Intendant service acanthus leaves in gold. On the inside is a manufacturer's label for F. Michaud along with the words "Bandalium Indéformable," a reference to the type of plastic material used to stiffen the kepi, which was first introduced in the 1930s.
Louis Pierrot was born in Vervins in 1875. He attended the French military academy in 1894 and was commissioned as a lieutenant in 1896. He was made an intendent in 1903 and kept that position throughout World War I (1914-1918). By 1918, he was in charge of all purchases made by the French military in Argentina. In 1925, he was promoted to intendent general 2nd class. During his time in service, Pierrot was made a officer in the Legion of Honor. He died in Versailles on March 14, 1967.