MARRIED SET OF CASED EPAULETTES ID’D TO 7TH NEW YORK HEAVY ARTILLERY OFFICER

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Set of cased brush epaulettes with verbal identification to Lieutenant Edgar H. Wilsey. The epaulettes have been married to a tin japanned case that exhibits light surface wear and is marked in worn gold paint highlighted in red on the lid with the maker’s name “RAYMOLD & WHITLOCK / 39 W. 14th St. N.Y.” Tin box is complete with latch and carrying handle.

Both epaulettes are in good condition. The bodies are made of padded ribbed gold cloth outlined with alternating rows of bright and dead bullion. The “clam shells” are made of brass outlined with a double row of dead bullion. Each epaulette has a red pillow with a number “7” at center. The number is made of heavy gold bullion thread on a red felt field outlined in silver dead bullion and alternating strands of bright silver bullion. Each epaulette also has a bright brass eagle button with a blank rank field.

Underside of each epaulette is lined with red leather and have brass mounts marked “RIGHT” and “LEFT.” From each epaulette hangs twisted gold bullion tassels.

The condition of each epaulette is good with light surface dirt throughout. Both epaulettes have areas where the red leather of the underside has begun to separate from the top but this does not affect the displaying of them.

The inside bottom of the case has a covered compartment with a tin lid.

The company which made the tin box did not begin business that the address marked on the tin until the early 1880’s.

The owner of the epaulettes, Edgar H. Wilsey enlisted as a Private in Company K of the 7th New York Heavy Artillery on August 6, 1862. He was promoted to 1st Sergeant August 18, 1862, commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Company E, December 23, 1863 and 1st Lieutenant January 19, 1865. He was mustered out at Baltimore, Maryland on June 16, 1865.

During Wilsey’s service the 7th New York Heavy Artillery they were used as infantry in General Grant’s Overland Campaign and saw action at Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor and Petersburg.

With the epaulettes is a nice modern display label with a synopsis of the 7th’s history.  [ad]

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