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Epaulets (pair) in storage box

Epaulets (pair) in storage box
Title
Epaulets (pair) in storage box
Date 
1859
Medium 
Metal, textile, paint
Dimensions 
Each (epaulet): 4 x 7 x 5 1/4 in. (10.2 x 17.8 x 13.3 cm) Box: 5 1/2 x 9 x 6 1/2 in. ( 14 x 22.9 x 16.5 cm )
Description 
Pair of commodore's epaulets; rigid, gold lace-covered strap with gilded metal button embossed with an eagle perched on an anchor; crescent in the form of a roll of gilt thread embroidery enclosing two embroidered oak leaves flanking an anchor with superimposed shield; two layers of gold bullion fringe, the outermost measuring 3 1/4 inches in length and 3/8 inch in diameter; padded blue velvet lining and brass channel fastener; in painted painted metal box which is oblong with rounded corners, and has a hinged lid with flat top and small wire handle, and fitted interior with red velvet lining; interior compartment with detachable lid.
Credit Line 
Gift of Amelia Levy Mayhoff in memory of Jefferson M. Levy
Object Number 
1924.138a-d
Marks 
printed paper label: affixed to lid of interior compartment: "TO / ADJUST THE EPAULETS / IN THE / AIR TIGHT CASE / Raise the Wire Frame put One to / the RIGHT then replace the Frame / for the reception of the other. / NO PAD OR PAPER REQUIRED. / 1859" stamped: on fasteners: "RIGHT" and "LEFT" handwritten in ink: on scrap of paper found inside box: "Box which contained epaulets / formerly belonging to the late / Commodore Uriah Phillips Levy / also coverings for sword & belt / Presented in memory / of Jefferson M. Levy by / his sister Amelia Levy / Mayhoff (Mrs. Charles) / Nov. 26, 1924"
Gallery Label 
According to the accession records, these epaulets belonged to Commodore Uriah Phillips Levy (1792-1862), uncle of the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group