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Epaulets (pair)

Object Number: 
1948.146ab
Date: 
ca. 1898
Medium: 
Metal, textile
Dimensions: 
each: 4 x 8 1/4 x 6 in. ( 10.2 x 21 x 15.2 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on both brass fasteners: "HORSTMANN SONS & DRUCKER / NEW YORK" stamped: on one fastener: "RIGHT" stamped: on the fastener: "LEFT" printed: on lining of each strap: "12"
Description: 
Pair of general officer's epaulets; rigid strap with two silver embroidered stars, one inside gilded brass crescent, on gold textile ground, and gilded brass button with shield-breasted eagle inside a border of stars; three layers of gold bullion fringe, the outermost measuring 3 1/2 inches in length and 1/2 inch in diameter; brass channel fastener.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, these epaulets were worn by George Creighton Webb (1853-1948) as an Inspector-General in the U.S. Army. If this is the case, then they were probably made in the late 19th century. It appears, however, that the Horstmann firm was in business as Horstmann Sons & Drucker only from 1845 to 1850 (see Bazelon and McGuinn, "A Directory of American Military Goods, Dealers & Makers, 1785-1885," 1987, p. 41).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Jorge R. André
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group