- Made of Gold or Silver-plated wire
- Worn on the sleeve of the mess jacket
Bullion items are made of copper wire thread that is plated with either silver or gold. Unfortunately, due to the metal content, the silver-plated bullion will darken over time. The gold-plated rank will also darken, as the underlying copper "bleeds" though the gold as a dissimilar metal. We recommend storing your uniform in our Premium Garment Bag with Intercept® Lining to minimize this effect.
- Never dry clean the uniform with the rank still attached. The harsh chemicals used in dry cleaning will discolor the rank. With proper care, a dress uniform will rarely need to be dry-cleaned. If you choose to dry-clean the mess jacket, remove the bullion rank first and re-attach after cleaning.
- Never use a pencil eraser to polish up bullion! The bullion will look very nice for a few hours, but the sulfur in the eraser accelerates the oxidation exponentially.
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