Aiguillette

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Aiguillette

 

(in Russian, aksel’bant), a military insignia worn on or about the shoulder. It consists of a gold, silver, or colored thread braid with metal ends, fastened to the right (more rarely the left) shoulder. In the prerevolutionary Russian army, the aiguillette was a part of the uniform of generals, officers of the general staff, and aides-de-camp of all military branches. Aiguillettes are worn in some foreign armies today.

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They did so, the approving father notes, "for fear of the noueries de l'aiguillettes which are commonly practiced in this part of Poitou to disunite husbands and wives."(26) Guillaume Bouchet, a voluble apothecary in Poitiers who served as master of ceremonies for a private debating club of local erudits, recorded in his Les serees (1584), the written transcripts of these convivial meetings, that a wide majority of his literate friends firmly believed in the reality and pernicious effects of the nouement.(27)
bargains were struck on the basis of a package of bodkins or lace-needles, or aiguillettes, which they normally carried as a distinctive badge upon the shoulder, a custom surviving to Rabelais' day."(7)
The prince will wear aiguillettes, a cross belt and gold waist belt with sword slings, but no sword.