Pair of Infantry Field Grade Officer's Epaulettes



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Pair of Infantry Field Grade Officer's Epaulettes

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Pair of Infantry Field Grade Officer's Epaulettes
circa 1815-1820

Content Description: 

A pair of infantry field grade officer's epaulettes. The shoulder boards and boxes are fabricated from cardboard. Boards are covered with silver metallic brocade woven in running geometirc pattern. Crescent is raised, made from finely wrapped silver bullion and bordered with silver metallic sequins. Crescents end in small scrolls fashioned from sequins and fine silver bullion. A 0.9cm silver flat braid crosses board immediately adjacent to scrolls. Bullions are silver colored metallic wire arranged in single row, sewn securely at top of box. Box's underlying cardboard is wrapped w/ 2.1cm wide linen tape. Bullion lower ends are threaded together to prevent tangles and secured to box. Shoulder boards are pierced to admit button; wear and distortion of these button holes belie a fair amount of use. Written in ink on the underside of cardboard shoulder boards is "No.13" (which probably refers to size) and below that "hLt"/"$a.00" which may be a military good's dealer's price code. Possibly from Rhode Island.

Physical Description: 

Cardboard, metallic brocade, silver. L: 15.7cm (6 3/16"), Strap W: 6.7cm (2.5/8"), crescent max W: 8.8cm (3 7/16"), bullion L: 7.2cm (2 15/16")
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road,Massachusetts,Sturbridge,01566
Collection of Old Sturbridge Village