Original Civil War officer’s crimson silk sash in good condition. Worn by Federal officers in most of the branches of the United States Army, the waist sash was a common uniform accoutrement that signified a symbol of authority in the military during both field operations and camp duty. The sash, when worn over the frock coat, was wrapped twice around the waist, and looped on the left side. The officer’s leather sword belt was worn over this sash. This specimen still exhibits a rich crimson color and measures 4 inches wide by 94 inches long, terminated at each end with a 1.5-inch-long braided acorn. Each of the acorns display numerous 7-inch-long twisted silk tassels secured along each acorn brim. Tassels retain their original crimson color with some scattered faded areas. Acorns are tight and strong with some fading. Silk sash body is in good condition with a strong tight weave. Scattered small holes are evident on the sash as well as one small, stitched repair 3 inches long on one edge. Original Civil War silk crimson sashes are becoming difficult to find in the collecting field today.
Inventory Number: UNI 099