Shouler boards (pair)
Wool, metal, silk, leather
overall (each): 1/2 x 5 5/8 x 2 3/8 in. ( 1.3 x 14.3 x 6 cm )
cast: on each button face, above shield: "USMS" stamped: on reverse of shoulder board: "VANGUARD / MILITARY / EQUIPMENT / CO. / N.Y." stamped: on metal button hardware: "*UNITED* / CARR"
Dark blue or black wool U.S. Marine deck officer's shoulder boards; 3 rows gilt stripes at one end with metal embroidered insignia at the center; collar end of shoulder board comes to a point and has a screw-on button cast with "USMS" above shield surrounded by branches; reverse lined with black silk, with leather strap the entire length which secures the button.
These shoulder boards represent the rank of Deck Officer for the U.S. Marine Superintendants.
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