Original Crimson Civil War Officer’s Silk Sash
Original Crimson Civil War Officer’s Silk Sash – This superior example of a Civil War period officer’s regulation crimson, silk sash is in excellent condition. The knots and tassels, at each end of the sash, are in excellent condition, as is the entire body of the sash, retaining wonderful color. There are approximately 5 or 6 small stress pulls in the sash, but they are very hard to see. Sashes were worn by both commissioned and some non-commissioned officers. They have a long history of use as an item of military dress and added an accent of color to the uniform. Non-commissioned officers, according to the U.S. Army Regulations of 1861, were authorized to wear a red worsted-wool sash under their sword belts; commissioned officers were authorized to wear a red silk sash beneath their sword belts. This sash measures as follows: Total length – 90.5” x widest area – 4.75 “ to 5”.