Epaulets (pair) with storage box

Object Number: 
1956.168c-e
Date: 
ca. 1870
Medium: 
Metal, textile, paint
Dimensions: 
Each (epaulet): 4 1/4 x 8 x 5 3/4 in. (10.8 x 20.3 x 14.6 cm) Case: 5 1/2 x 10 x 7 1/2 in. ( 14 x 25.4 x 19 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on fasteners: "LEFT" and "RIGHT" embroidered: on circular patch: "15" scratched: on top of case: "Capt F. F. Miller"
Description: 
Pair of captain's epaulets; rigid, gold lace-covered strap with two silver embroidered bars and a gilded metal button embossed with shield-breasted eagle; gilded brass crescent surrounding domed circular patch with gold embroidered border and "15" embroidered in gold on blue wool ground; three layers of gold bullion fringe, the outermost measuring approximately 3 3/8 inches in length and 3/8 inch in diameter; padded red velvet lining and brass strap fastener; in black painted oval metal storage box with hinged lid with flat top and oval wire handle; box has oval interior compartment, also with hinged lid, containing miscellaneous military insignia (Z.2971a-j).
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, these epaulets were worn by Francis Frost Miller (1847-1892), who served in the 5th [15th?] Regiment, National Guard New York.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Keppler
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group