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rarely seen! Civil War MARINE – regulation Shoulder Scales - complete with Detachable Fringe



Now fully operational from the beautiful Pacific North West, we encourage all to keep a close eye as we unpack posted offerings and continue what will be an ongoing effort of unpacking the collection while taking stock with an eye toward thinning out our accumulation of treasures. After years of seeking out and acquiring all manner of quality antique Americana from simple but seldom surviving items of special interest to historically important treasures, Janet and I look forward to offering the fruits of our years of seeking out such to new and appreciative homes.

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rarely seen!  Civil War MARINE – regulation Shoulder Scales - complete with Detachable Fringe (Image1)
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Item Number: 63115

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Untouched and unpolished with lots of original luster while showing good evidence of age and originality, this ultra-rare pair of Civil War vintage U. S. Marine shoulder scales are made even more remarkable by their completeness in that they retain not only the removable fringe plates but the wool worsted fringe. (See: Frederick Todd, American Military Equipage, pages 578 & 579)
As prescribed and illustrated in the 1859 U. S. Marine Cops regulations for all enlisted, these brass scales differ from Army issue in that they are a bit larger in proportion and feature a worsted fringe which is attached to a separate and removeable brass plate that attaches to the underside of the scales. An additional variation we have noted from the only two sets, neither pair retained the fringe that we have observed in our 50 plus years of seeking out such treasures, is that the scale portion consists of a single sheet of die struck brass rather than multiple small pieces. (See our old friend Rafael’s item #L5149). Seldom encountered as are all Civil War vintage Marine items, the particular scarcity of these fringed scales, even in even in period photos, would suggest that despite regulations few Marine enlisted were actually issued what surely became a frilly excess in time of war. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

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