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"M.A" Full-dress Epaulettes - Military Academy?


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#1 checkit

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 02:03 PM

Emerson's Encyclopedia has convinced me that there is no US Army Branch of Service or National Guard unit using the "MA" acronym (I even went through page-by-page), so what else is there - is this for a Military Academy?

 

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#2 KurtA

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 02:55 PM

Yes.  Most likely a private military school (academy).  The only US Military possibility would be  the USMA Band, but they don't  wear anything like this. 



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Posted 03 February 2019 - 05:57 PM

Thanks Kurt

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 06:30 AM

The US Army stopped using that style shoulder knots in the very early 1900's, going to the type of knot still in use.  The buttons are rimmed, as adopted in 1912, so this must be later.  The suggestion that these are from a military academy seems quite logical to me.

 

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 09:01 AM

Did the US Military Academy at West Point ever have something like that for USMA staff? And did they have USMA buttons a hundred years ago?

 

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 02:09 PM

Based on the type of bullion, these knots are of relatively recent manufacture. So, what was in use from 1880 to 1902  (i.e, the years these type shoulder paddles were worn) wouldn't be applicable to these.  




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