INDIAN WAR COLONEL OF INFANTRY SHOULDER STRAP

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Item Code: 1087-39

A single shoulder strap with condition problems, but a scarce rank and good study piece. The eagle is embroidered in silver on a medium blue background. The borders are a mix of dead and bright bullion. The inner and outer jaceron wires are present though not attached all the way around. Significant sections of the border strands are sprung. The fabric was drawn together on reverse but does not fully close off the back.

With the reduction of the army after the end of the Civil War, colonels of infantry again became scarce and this strap also shows some high quality in the embroidery of the eagle, particularly in showing layering in the feathers, and the use of dead and bright bullion in the borders. U.S. infantry went from blue to white in 1886, so the strap likely predates that and can qualify as a good Custer-period example.  [sr]

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