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    Posted 5 years ago

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    These items were taken, probably many years ago, and attached together with two old nails on the back of the piece.
    Why? At top is a "US" cartridge box plate, with the hooks present on the back. It is attached to a Union epaulet, and
    there is also another unidentified piece shown on the right. Anyone know what that is? Looks to be about the same age.
    This was found in Maryland, at an auction of the contents of an ancient farm house. This item caught my imagination
    and I won the bid for it, but it was not cheap.

    See how the patina of all three of these items matches so very well? It tells us that these items have been together
    for quite a long time. Perhaps for many decades.

    There was also a disk with the symbol of the 7th army corps on it. I don't know enough about corps badges to
    bid on it.

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Probably a post war assemblage for display. I like the old nails used to hold the two together.

      Not sure on the other piece-- could be some sort of sight (artillery?). How thick is it? If artillery related, it would make sense with the shoulder scale as they were worn by mounted troops (Cavalry and light artillery).

    2. tintyper, 5 years ago
      Thank you for commenting. I expect it is post-war. Something perhaps
      done by the off-spring of the veteran who brought these items back.
      Thanks for saying that it may have been part of a sight. I have no idea.
      It is a brass piece, about 3"+ long, and really looks to be CW period.
    3. tintyper, 5 years ago
      OK, I have researched this unusual piece, and it certainly looks like Scott
      was correct in his assessment of this unusual item!
      The odd brass piece shown to the right of the cartridge box plate,
      certainly appears to be a Civil War artillery sight. It is the right metal, and
      the right measurements to be a sight, almost like most of it was made by the maker of the brass pendulum sights, that is seen in many books. This one is not as long, and has no markings still visible on it. These CW sights are rare to find, and this one may be a rare one to find. It was found with the Union cartridge box plate, and and the Union epaulet and it looks like they have been together for decades.
      Nice call Scott. Thank you.

      I will keep this seldom seen piece, and see what more I can later learn about it.

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