SCARCE INFANTRY COLONEL SHOULDER STRAPS

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Item Code: 490-2630

This is a pair from a small collection we acquired. The rank is particularly hard to find given that there was only one colonel to thirty line officers in a regiment and far less turn-over. This is a very nice pair of regulation embroidered bullion straps with an embroidered silver eagle on a medium blue background.

Both the borders and the eagles show good remnants of their gold and silver wash. The borders have both the inner and outer jaceron wire edging. The borders themselves are made of “dead and bright” bullion strands alternating six and six. The eagle uses sequins for highlights of the wings and has a small red eye.

The straps are made with the expected wartime open backs, created when the base fabric was trimmed and simply folded over and sewn. There are a few loose edge threads, but nothing obnoxious and we see no moth damage though the straps were plainly on an officer’s coat at one time and the rubbing to the gilt of the borders indicates they saw some use.

That we can offer multiple pairs of infantry colonel’s straps at once might give the misleading impression they are easy to find. They are not. These would make a great addition to a collection of Civil War embroidered bullion insignia or to an officer’s display. Please see our other offerings for some other scarce embroidered insignia that combine visual appeal and history. [SR][ph:m]

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