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Insignia

Object Number: 
INV.8671v
Date: 
1860-1865
Medium: 
Wool, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. ( 0.6 x 3.8 x 4.4 cm )
Description: 
Metal embroidered U.S. Army Engineer's shield-shaped insignia with stars across the top, applied against black wool felt ground.
Gallery Label: 
This insignia was probably worn by William H. Paine, who served as a surveyor in the Army during the Civil War. It was found among the items in his footlocker. Paine was responsible for devising systems and tools to better facilitate the surveyor's tasks, including patenting a coiled steel tape measure.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Isidore L. Rosenzweig, in Memory of Bessie and Isidore L. Rosenzweig, 1978
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group