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  • Date of production beginning of the 19th century (?) or the Kingdom of Poland period (1815–1832)
  • Dimensions height: 5 cm, length: 26 cm, width: 23.5 cm
  • ID no. Rz A 125
  • Museum Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków
  • Availability Senate Hall, Main Building of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow
  • Subjects war
  • Material brass sheet, string, felt, metal threads
  • Acquired date preserved in the Academy of Fine Arts from Jan Matejko’s School of Historical Painting
  • Object copyright Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków
  • Digital images copyright public domain
  • Digitalisation RDW MIC, Virtual Małopolska project
  • Tags public domain , Virtual Małopolska , 3D
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The presented epaulettes were used as props at the Matejko school of historical painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków.

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The epaulettes are made of metal and decorated with three stars and hanging fringes. These are most probably the shoulder straps of an army officer of the Congress Kingdom (1815–1832). Epaulettes (French: épaulette), also known as grinds or loops (German: Die Schleife), were originally used to protect the shoulder from being cut. Later on, they were first and foremost the officer rank designation. Officers wore gold armour and ranks and non-commissioned officers – cloth or metal. Epaulettes were often decorated with fringes. In the Kingdom of Poland (1815–1832) in 1815, three stars decorated the epaulets of generals, and after 1827 – lieutenants.
The presented epaulettes were used as props at the Matejko school of historical painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków.

Elaborated by Adam Spodaryk (Editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums),

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Epaulettes – props from the School of Fine Arts

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