Fine set used by a Regular Army General.
This massive case set of epaulettes for an army major general was sold by the retailer, F.J. Heiberger of Washington, D.C. Heiberger was at this address, 535 Fifteenth Street from 1879. He advertised extensively from that period to 1890 in the Army-Navy Journal.
The label on the inside lid has a period ink identification but I have to assume that some time back a family member destroyed a good part of the name perhaps embarrassed that they were selling it? The major general was a U.S. regular; the first initial appears to be a “P” from then on it is all conjecture. A quick look at references finds that Phil Sheridan is the only “P” I can find in the major general list, but he was at that rank until 1869, so this does not work.
The gilt has toned some with age, as has the silver bullion stars. Some of the heavy gilt wire has come loss on one end of left epaulette, but can be mended easily. The brass slides on the underside are only marked “Left & Right.” The buttons are not marked as well.
The case japanned and has the maker label stenciled on the lid. The lid catch has broken off, but is with the set.
The interior is lined with a thick paper wrapped in maroon velvet, outer case shows the typical scratching, minor dings, etc.
The height is 8 inches. An impressive set.
USPS First Class Package $20.00