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Object Number: 
ca. 1825
Textile, metal
Overall: 4 x 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. ( 10.2 x 19 x 13.3 cm )
in relief: on button: "EXCELSIOR"
Militia officer's epaulet; rigid, capsule-shaped strap with gilded metal button embossed with an eagle above the word "EXCELSIOR" and gold embroidered crescent with sequin trim; three layers of gold bullion fringe, the outermost measuring approximately 3 1/2 inches in length by 1/2 inch in diameter; padded yellow silk lining with hook fastener.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this epaulet was worn by Colonel Romulus Gildersleeve (1807/8-1895), great-grandfather of the donor. Gildersleeve was appointed an aide-de-camp to the Brigadier-General of the Second Brigade of Riflemen in 1825. His commission document, which is signed by Governor DeWitt Clinton, is in the collection of the New-York Historical Society.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Fred Carver Duncan, through Mrs. Fred C. Duncan
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group