A tutorial on how to make The Shoulder Pad Things, aka Epaulets!
This is how I made them when I made my first sweet, sweet white Oscar uniform over a year ago. If you feel the need to run around the house pretendind to be a prince often, I reccommend trying these out.
Epaulette Sharks are long tailed carpet sharks found shallow coastal waters.
Epaulette Sharks are often found in very shallow waters of coastal reefs and tide pools.
Epaulette Sharks often get stuck in small tidal pools. To deal with oxygen depleted water, Epaulette Sharks can selectively send blood to their brains. They can live for hours in low oxygen water and up to an hour in water with no oxygen in it.
Epauletee Sharks “walk” on the bottom rather than swim.They wriggle themselves along the bottom because the water levels are often too low to swim easily in.
Epauletee Sharks are harmless to humans. Their max size is 3.5 ft. They eat worms, crustaceans, and small fish.
The big black splotch on their side is both the source of their name and a defense mechanism to fool predators into thinking they are larger.
The first image, an oil painting by Louis William Desanges , painted c.1860 depicts Lieutenant John Watson, 1st Punjab Cavalry winning the VC at Lucknow, Indian Mutiny, 14 November 1857. He is wearing shoulder chains.
The second image is of Dighton Probyn, 2nd Punjab Cavalry, in Indian dress, 1857, also clearly wearing shoulder chains. Also note his mail gloves.
The third image, another oil on canvas painting by Louis William Desanges (1860), shows Lieutenant William George Cubitt, 13th Regiment (Bengal) Native Infantry, at Lucknow, 30 June 1857, winning his VC. Also sporting shoulder chains.
These three images are just a few examples of shoulder chains–mail (”chain mail”) epaulettes adopted by British officers during the Indian Mutiny of 1857-58. Later in the century the British Army would adopt shoulder chains for cavalry regiments.