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Rare! original - Civil War Army Hospital Tassel

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A very scares and desirable item for the Civil War collector who has a special interest in medical related items or uniform insignia, this little known and seldom seen Army Hospital Patient Tassel was issued to patients to be worn as a badge of their status and quick identification as such by staff members. Clearly seeing very limited use for a short period or in a small number of facilities, reference to use of such and existing examples is extremely limited. Our introduction to the existence of the badge came many years ago when we acquired an identified tintype of a hospitalized 20th Maine troop wounded on Little Round Top, Gettysburg. Though we knew our man had been wounded, the significance of the light colored tassel wasn’t immediately known to us. It wasn’t until sometime later when our old friend Dr. Francis Lord published Vol. III of his Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia that such a badge became known to us. Some years later we were fortunate enough to acquire a large lot of Civil War surplus insignia that had been set aside from the inventory of the defunct Philadelphia Army Surplus firm of Stokes / Kirk. All items remained in as new, unissued condition many remaining in the original wrapping. In the latter was a bright orange / yellow wool tassel suspended from a blue cord. The paper wrapper bore a period penned notation U.S. Army Hospital Badge. That identified tassel was identical to the example offered here and will come with our letter to preserve the above. This original example remains in fine, as new and unissued condition. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

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