Union Civil War soldiers went to the front decorated with brass scales on their shoulders as part of their dress uniforms. They were intended to ward off the blows of sabers by cavalrymen. It is doubtful they ever served such a purpose, and they were frequently discarded by soldiers as an impediment. This pair has a few dings and dents with a pleasing, uncleaned patina, and would display well in any Civil War collection.
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Inventory Number: INS 282