Epaulets (pair) in storage box

Object Number: 
1956.105a-d
Date: 
ca. 1867
Medium: 
Metal, textile, paint
Dimensions: 
Each (epaulet): 4 1/4 x 7 1/2 x 5 3/4 in. (10.8 x 19.1 x 14.6 cm) Container (box): 6 1/4 × 9 1/4 × 6 1/2 in. (15.9 ×
Marks: 
in relief: on button: "A" stamped: on fasteners: "LEFT" and "RIGHT" scratched: on top of lid: "K."
Description: 
Pair of colonel's epaulets with added Marine Corps insignia; rigid, gold lace-covered strap with silver embroidered eagle and gilded metal button embossed with shield-breasted eagle, the shield bearing the letter "A"; silver-colored metal insignia with eagle atop a globe superimposed on an anchor centered inside gilded brass crescent; three layers of gold bullion fringe, the outermost measuring approximately 3 3/8 inches in length and 1/2 inch in diameter; black painted metal storage box which is rectangular with rounded corners, with hinged, flat-topped lid and red velvet-lined interior; oval interior compartment with detachable lid contains rectangular brass printing plate for a calling card enclosed in paper envelope (Z.3034ab).
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, these epaulets were worn by Colonel Matthew R. Kintzing (1822-1893), the donor's father. Kintzing was commissioned colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, on December 5, 1867, and served as commandant of the Marine barracks at Philadelphia until 1869.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Miss Mary E. Kintzing
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group