Epaulettes

Epaulettes, Sliders and Rank Patches

An epaulette is a piece of rank insignia worn on the shoulder of armed and uniformed forces to designate the wearer’s rank.

Epaulettes are also known as shoulder boards, rank slides, patches, shoulder marks and sliders, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Traditionally they were large, bulky and flamboyant with gold hanging tassels, but in recent years have evolved and changed shape dramatically.

Ceremonial epaulettes take the form of a gold twisted shoulder cord with metal badges, and are sewn to a jacket, while more practical work-wear rank slides are woven or embroidered patches that slide on to the shoulder strap of a shirt.

We manufacture and stock a huge variety of epaulettes across many different forces, regiments and ranks, which you can buy from our online store.