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Epaulets (pair) with storage box

Object Number: 
1948.2a-d
Date: 
1854-1857
Medium: 
Metal, textile, paint
Dimensions: 
Each (epaulet): 4 1/8 x 8 1/4 x 5 3/4 in. (10.5 x 21 x 14.6 cm) Box: 6 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 7 in. ( 17.1 x 24.8 x 17.8 cm )
Marks: 
embroidered: on circular patch: "13" handwritten in ink: on reverse: "RIGHT" (on one) and "LEFT" (on the other) maker's label: inside top of lid: "Schuyler, Hartley & Graham. / 13 Maiden Lane, / NEW YORK. / Importers and Dealers in / Military Goods. / G
Description: 
Pair of officer's epaulets; rigid, gold lace-covered strap with gilded metal button embossed with shield-breasted eagle, the shield bearing the initial "I"; gilded brass crescent surrounding circular patch with gold embroidered border and "13" embroidered in gold on red textile ground at center; three layers of gold bullion fringe, the outermost measuring approximately 3 1/8 inches in length and 1/4 inch in diameter; padded rose silk lining and elongated metal hook for fastening; in oblong black painted metal strorage with rounded corners, a hinged lid (now detached) with flat top and small wire handle, and fitted interior with blue velvet lining; oval compartment centered at bottom of box has top with a wedge-like addition on one side.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, these epaulets belonged to the donor's father, Benjamin G. Edmonds, who was a member of Co. E, 13th Regiment of Infantry (Brooklyn City Cadets). These epaulets appear in a portrait of Edmonds in the N-YHS Collection (1948.1).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Charles G. Edmonds
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group