1832 PATTERN INFANTRY OFFICER’S SILVER BULLION HUNTING HORN

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The branch of service color and metal in the regular army for infantry remained silver and white until the early 1850s when they moved into various shades of light blue and buttons became universally gilt. This is nice example of the 1832 pattern embroidered silver hunting horn authorized for the tails of infantry officers’ coats, replacing the old blue-cloth diamonds. Militia followed the trend, with greater or lesser strictness. These remained regulation in the regular army until 1851 and much later in militia units on a case-by-case basis.

The same open bugle horn, sometimes called the stringed horn, appeared as a cap ornament on the regular army shako from 1832 to 1851, but made of white metal. It is possible, however, that an embroidered device like this may well have made its way onto a piece of militia headgear depending on the unit’s regulations for uniforms. This is in very nice condition, with good black background and the silver bullion and sequins showing a slightly muted color but only minor oxidation.  [sr]

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