Original Civil War Noncommissioned Officer’s Red Worsted Wool Sash
Original Civil War Noncommissioned Officer’s Red Worsted Wool Sash – This is an excellent example of a regulation, Civil War NCO’s red, worsted wool sash. From 1852 thru 1872, the US Army Regulations called for NCOs to wear a red, worsted wool sash. In fact, Army regulations stipulated that Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers wear sashes in the following fashion:
1505. For Officers of the Adjutant-General’s, Inspector-General’s, Quartermaster’s and Subsistence Departments, Corps of Engineers, Topographical Engineers, Ordnance, Artillery, Infantry and the Judge Advocate of the Army- crimson silk net; for Officers of the Medical Department-medium or emerald green silk net, with silk bullion fringe ends; to go around the waist and tie as for General Officers.
1506. For all Sergeant Majors, Quartermaster Sergeants, Ordnance Sergeants, Hospital Stewards, First Sergeants, Principal or Chief Musicians and Chief Buglers-red worsted sash, with worsted bullion fringe ends; to go twice around the waist, and to tie behind the left hip, pendent part not to extend more than eighteen inches below the tie.
1507. The sash will be worn (over the coat) on all occasions of duty of every description, except stable and fatigue.
1508. The sash will be worn by “Officers of the Day“, across the body, scarf fashion, from the right shoulder to the left side, instead of around the waist, tying behind the left hip as prescribed.
This sash is in overall very good condition. Both knots and tassels remain strong. There is some moderate color fading from use, as well as some minor areas of moth nips. Regardless, this is a very good example and remains in great condition – this sash was there!