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


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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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Don E. Wagner

 

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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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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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