Shoulder knots (pair) in box
Silk, wool, metal
box: 1 1/8 x 9 3/8 x 5 1/4 in. ( 2.9 x 23.8 x 13.3 cm )
handwritten: on box lid: "Col Wm Smith. / Chief Paymaster / U. S. Army / "Army Building" / St Paul / Minn. / Uniform / Shoulder / knots."
Pair of gold braid shoulder knots in box; "P.D." flanked by oak leaves embroidered in metal thread against black velvet ground; reverse lined with dark blue wool felt, with metal hinged fastener.
These shoulder knots were worn by William Smith when he served as Chief Paymaster of the U.S. Army, around the time of the Civil War. He later rose in rank Paymaster General.
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