Dimensions / Weight
Dimensions: 0.75" H x 9.5" W x 5.25" D
Gold bullion thread tassels with gilt sequins and twisted bullion bows intermixed. They have a strap of metallic yarn and a buff wool lining.
These epaulettes were worn by Washington and can be seen in life portraits painted by celebrated American artist Charles Willson Peale between 1779 and 1780.
The British Army, which served as the model for the Continental Army, adopted epaulettes as officers’ rank insignia in 1768. Continental Army regulations for the use of epaulettes were first published in the General Orders dated 18 June 1780. According to these orders, Major Generals were to wear an epaulette on each shoulder with two stars on each epaulette. A Brigadier General wore an epaulette on each shoulder with one star on each epaulette.