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Original Civil War Officer’s Red Silk Sash


Original Civil War Officer’s Red Silk Sash – This is a superior example of a regulation, Civil War officer’s red silk sash. From 1852 thru 1872, the US Army Regulations called for officers to wear a silk net 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 fine example is in overall great condition, exhibiting vibrant color; the knots and tassels are strong, exhibiting some minor pulls and wear. The tassels are 9.5″ in length; the sash proper is about 2.5″ in width, and the total length of the sash is an amazing 17.5′ (including the tassels). The sash was constructed by folding the silk and hand sewing the central seam, along the inside  of the sash. There are some minor areas of slight separation along the folds, but once wound around a frock coat, these would be completely unnoticeable and are quite minor.