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Object Name: Epaulets and shoulder cord in storage box
Date: ca. 1900
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Medium: Metal, textile
Dimensions: Each (epaulet): 4 1/2 in. × 7 3/4 in. × 6 in. (11.4 × 19.7 × 15.2 cm) Part (shoulder cord): 1 1/8 × 23 1/4 in. (2.9 × 59.1 cm) Container (box): 5 1/2 × 10 1/8 × 7 in. (14 × 25.7 × 17.8 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Pair of paymaster general's epaulets; rigid, gold lace-covered strap with gilded metal button embossed with shield-breasted eagle; gilded brass crescent surrounding silver embroidered star; two layers of gold bullion fringe, the outermost measuring approximately 3 1/2 inches in length and 1/2 inch in diameter; padded red velvet lining and brass strap fastener; in oval storage box made of tin with copper-colored varnish, with hinged lid and wire handle; oval interior compartment, also with hinged lid, contains gold shoulder cord with slide and large acorn tip; oval brown velvet pad sized to fit on top of interior lid.
Object Number: Z.3072a-e
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Marks: stamped: on fasteners: "LEFT" and "RIGHT" stamped: on fasteners: maker's mark in the form of a crown above laurel branches handwritten in pencil: on label affixed to bottom of box: "General Wm Smith / Paymaster General / U.S.A."