Epaulets worn by General Andrew Jackson

Epaulets worn by General Andrew Jackson

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These gilt and gold buillon epaulets were worn by General Andrew Jackson, circa 1815. The straps are embroidered with metallic thread and sequins on red wool; the linings are of yellow silk on a Briston board foundation. There are three rows of bullion fringe. The crescents are embroidered in the same style as the straps.
Epaulets are an early type of rank insignia. According to the Regulations of 1813, officer's epaulets were to be made of gold or silver thread. General Officers wore one gold epaulet with one (Brigadier General) or two silver stars (Major General) on each shoulder; Field Officers wore one silver or one gold (depending on branch of service) on each shoulder. For Company Officers, the Captain wore one gold or silver epaulet on the right shoulder; First Lieutenant and below wore one silver or one gold on the left shoulder. Non-Commissioned Officers wore one silver or gold epaulet on the right shoulder (Sergeant Major), one white or yellow epaulet on each shoulder (Sergeant), or one white or yellow epaulet on the right shoulder (Corporal). The length and diameter of the buillon fringe also signified the wearer's rank.
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Object Name
Epaulets, pair of
Other Terms
Epaulets, pair of; Insignia, Pair of; Army; Epaulette
associated date
1810 - 1820
associated person
Jackson, Andrew
Physical Description
metallic thread, gilt (?? material)
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
War of 1812
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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