Officer's Sash


Description and Photograph






     Waist sashes were worn only by officers.  It served two functions; one, it was a form of insignia and two, it protected the officer’s uniform from being worn by the chafing of the officer’s sword belt and buckle.

     Prior to the War Between the States, the United States issued clothing to her enlisted men and officers bought their own uniforms.  This practice carried over to the Confederate Army.  Federal sashes nearly always had a knot on each end from which the tassels flowed and nearly all surviving sashes are of this style.  Certainly many Confederate officers adopted this same style.  Unfortunately, there is no way to tell a Confederate sash from a Federal sash.  The best that can be said is that sashes, like that shown here, that do not have the tassel retaining knot on each end are non-Federal.  Though not necessarily, specifically Confederate, this non-Federal sash is as close as one can come to adorning a Confederate uniform with the proper sash.  As you can see from the pictures, the vivid color enhances the aesthetic appeal of this Confederate frock coat greatly.

     The sash shows use, but is in very good condition throughout.       



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