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Shoulder scales (pair)

Object Number: 
1951.90ab
Date: 
1841-1854
Medium: 
Brass
Dimensions: 
each: 7 x 4 x 1 in. ( 17.8 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
in relief: on button: "D"
Description: 
Pair of brass shoulder scales; seven overlapping scalloped plates, including oval end piece with raised crescent; button embossed with shield-breasted eagle, the shield bearing the initial "D."
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, shoulder scales such as these were used by U.S. Army Dragoons from 1841 to 1854.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Henry Bull Hammond, through the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New York
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group