RELIC PAIR OF CIVIL WAR ENLISTED SHOULDER SCALES

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Introduced in 1851 for mounted troops, brass shoulder scales were decorative, but were also meant to be a shoulder defense against saber cuts. In 1854/55 they became regulation for all branches of service and were supplied in three configurations: for privates, for sergeants, and for members of the non-commissioned staff.

This is an excavated pair of private’s scales, with the brass half-crescents and separate, plain, scales along the shoulder strap portion.

These are in very good “dug” condition, with a dark green-brown patina to the brass. The tops and bottoms of the crescents have separated. The iron strap on the underside is rusty but complete. The spring straps are still securely soldered in place on the underside.

Both are complete with separate flat brass turnbuckles, but there is only one of the thin brass straps.

This is a basic Civil War uniform item that was quickly discarded in the field.

Recovered near Orange, Virginia.  [jet] [ph:L]

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