Epaulets (pair) with storage box

Object Number: 
1954.225ab,f
Date: 
ca. 1840
Medium: 
Metal, textile, paint
Dimensions: 
Each (epaulet): 4 x 7 x 5 3/8 in. (10.2 x 17.8 x 13.7 cm) Box: 5 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 6 5/8 in. ( 14 x 24.8 x 16.8 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on both fasteners: "JOHN SMITH FRASER'S / IMPROVED" stamped: on one fastener: "LEFT" stamped: on other fastener: "RIGHT" applied embroidery: inside crescent: "2" in relief: on button: "A" (inside shield on eagle's breast)
Description: 
Pair of officer's epaulets; rigid, gold lace-covered strap with a gilded metal button embossed with shield-breasted eagle, the shield bearing the initial "A"; gilded brass crescent surrounding silver embroidered "2"; two layers of gold bullion fringe, the outermost measuring approximately 3 1/4 inches in length and 1/8 inch in diameter; padded rose silk lining and brass channel fastener; in black painted metal storage box with rounded ends, a half-cylindrical indentation at center front and back, and a hinged lid with flat top and wire handle; box has interior compartment, also with hinged lid, containing a miniature viewing device (Z.2988).
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, these epaulets belonged to Henry Lane Kendrick (1811-1891), the donor's great-uncle.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Edmund Witherbee Peaslee
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group