Uniform Regulations, 1864


Shoulder Straps.

All shoulder straps, except for gunners, boatswains, carpenters, and sailmakers, are to be of navy-blue cloth, four inches and a quarter long, and one inch and a half wide, including the border, which is to be a quarter of an inch wide, and embroidered in gold.

The centre and end ornaments, or distinctions of the line and staff, and indications of rank, are to be embroidered in gold or in silver, as hereinafter designated, and are to be as follows:

FOR A REAR ADMIRAL.

Anchor in length, seven-eighths inch; Stars in diameter, seven-eighths inch; from centre of Star to end of Strap, seven-eighths inch, width of Border, one-quarter inch.

A silver foul anchor in the centre, in a horizontal position, and a silver star of five rays at end.

FOR A COMMODORE.

Anchor in length, seven-eighths inch; Star in diameter, seven-eighths inch; width of Border, one quarter inch.

A silver star, embroidered on a gold foul anchor, in the centre.

FOR A CAPTAIN.

Eagle, two inches between tips of wings; length of anchor, one and one-eighth of an inch.

A silver spread eagle, resting on a silver plain anchor, in the centre.

FOR A COMMANDER

Leaf in length, five-eighths inch; stalk of leaf from end of Strap, three-eighths inch; length of Anchor, seven-eighths inch; width of Border, one quarter inch.

A silver foul anchor in the centre, and a silver oak leaf at each end.

FOR A LIEUTENANT COMMANDER.

Leaf in length, five-eighths inch; stalk of leaf from end of Strap, three-eighths inch; length of Anchor, seven-eighths inch; width of Border, one quarter inch.

A silver foul anchor in the centre, and a gold oak leaf at each end.

FOR A LIEUTENANT.

Bars, two-tenths inch wide; one-half inch long; four-tenths from end of Strap; space between Bars, one-tenth inch; Anchor, seven- eighths inch long.

A silver foul anchor in the centre, and two gold bars at each end.

FOR A MASTER.

Bar, two-tenths inch wide; one-half inch long; four-tenths from end of Strap; Anchor, seven-eighths inch long.

A silver foul anchor in the centre, and a gold bar at each end.

FOR AN ENSIGN.

Anchor in length, seven-eighths inch; Border, one-quarter inch.

A silver foul anchor in the centre.

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Source: Uniform for Officers of the United States Navy, As Prescribed in Regulations for the Uniform of the U.S. Navy, Jan. 28, 1864. Tomes, Melvain & Co., 6 Maiden Lane, New York. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1864, BY TOMES, MELVAIN & CO., in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, in and for the Southern District of New-York. The text is reproduced here exactly as in the original, following the original use of capitalization and italics.