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Epaulets (pair) and shoulder cord in storage box

Object Number: 
Z.3072a-e
Date: 
ca. 1900
Medium: 
Metal, textile
Dimensions: 
Each (epaulet): 4 1/2 x 7 3/4 x 6 in. (11.4 x 19.7 x 15.2 cm) Part (shoulder cord): 1 1/8 x 23 1/4 in. (2.9 x 59.1 cm)
Marks: 
stamped: on fasteners: "LEFT" and "RIGHT" stamped: on fasteners: maker's mark in the form of a crown above laurel branches handwritten in pencil: on label affixed to bottom of box: "General Wm Smith / Paymaster General / U.S.A."
Description: 
Pair of paymaster general's epaulets; rigid, gold lace-covered strap with gilded metal button embossed with shield-breasted eagle; gilded brass crescent surrounding silver embroidered star; two layers of gold bullion fringe, the outermost measuring approximately 3 1/2 inches in length and 1/2 inch in diameter; padded red velvet lining and brass strap fastener; in oval storage box made of tin with copper-colored varnish, with hinged lid and wire handle; oval interior compartment, also with hinged lid, contains gold shoulder cord with slide and large acorn tip; oval brown velvet pad sized to fit on top of interior lid.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group