Gold bullion artillery officer’s insignia for kepi. This embroidered example depicts crossed cannon with a red center field with embroidered unit designation A.H.A. for the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. The A.H.A. is the oldest chartered military organization in the western hemisphere. Its charter was granted in March 1638. Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company members have served in the French and Indian Wars, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the Iraq War. The Company has had eight members who were recognized with the Medal of Honor, and has had four of its members serve as President of the United States: Presidents James Monroe, Chester A. Arthur, Calvin Coolidge and John F. Kennedy. Honorary membership was also extended to Prince Albert and his son Edward VII.
Inventory Number: INS 215