George Washington’s Sash - Museum of the American Revolution
This blue silk ribbon was part of George Washington’s military uniform. He purchased it when he took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts in July 1775. It is made from “watered silk,” a fabric named for the way light seems to ripple across it. Washington wore it across his chest because he needed something, as he put it, to “distinguish” himself from other officers; he was not yet famous enough to be widely recognized. Washington wore the ribbon until 1779, when he replaced it with stars on his epaulets.
(caption is from MotAR display)