7" x 4.25". Brass. Patented April 12, 1859, reissued November 26, 1861. James Smith's patent included a method for hanging fringe on brass military epaulets. The improvement consisted of the permanent soldering of two metal straps to the underside of the epaulet, through which was passed an "adjuster" bearing the fringe.
Provenance:Further technical information regarding this device may be found on the official website of the United States Patent and Trademark Office at www.uspto.gov.
Brass parts have a dull luster, fringe is missing, though it is unclear whether this model was ever equipped with fringe as it would obscure the internal workings of the piece.
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