Shoulder boards (pair) in box

Object Number: 
1945.515d,f-h
Date: 
1940-1946
Medium: 
Wool, metal, silk, leather
Dimensions: 
Each (boards): 3/16 × 1 1/8 × 2 3/16 in. (0.5 × 2.8 × 5.5 cm) Container (box): 1 1/8 × 6 × 3 in. (2.9 × 15.2 ×
Marks: 
printed: box lid, top center: "GEMSCO / MANUFACTURERS OF / Military Uniform Equipment" printed: box lid, left side: "SR. LT. LINE / GEMSCO" printed: box lid, on label, left side: "GEMSCO / 100 - 7" printed: inside box lid: "CAUTION / In order to ob
Description: 
Pair of black wool shoulder boards in original box; boards had 2 gilt stripes , both approx. 5/8" wide, gold 5-pointed star at the center, button at collar end; lined with black grosgrain, leather strap on reverse; rectangular cardboard box, white lid with maker's information on top, use instructions inside lid, blue cardboard bottom.
Gallery Label: 
These shoulder boards were used by Abel I. Smith, Jr., when he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Abel I. Smith, Jr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group