Relics of the 2nd Artillery - Extreemly nice Civil War period 2nd Artillery Unit identification pin and accompanying 2nd Artillery mounted officer's martingale shield. Both found together at an estate auction sale.
Painted with black-tarred enamel and adorned with a hollowed cast brass numeral "2" with a nice patina. The martingale shield is the sewn-on front portion of the multi-layered device. Of even greater significance is the small coin silver unit identification badge made from an 1858 United States ten-cent piece, where one side has been "shaved" or buffed down and beautifully engraved with an exquisite pair of U.S. Federal artillery crossed cannon insignia of the model 1851 design with a regimental number "2" in the upper angle, as per army regulation for headgear devices. Based on the solder on the reverse of the dime, indicating a long lost wire fastener, this identification badge was most likely worn as a tie or collar stickpin by its artillery officer owner during the war. An interesting pair of items.
Inventory Number: ART 124