Staff NCO Shoulder Scales
Original M1851 U.S. Army Staff NCO Shoulder Scales.
articulated (multi-piece) construction Staff NCO shoulder scales. A special shoulder scale was worn by non-commissioned officers of the regimental staff. This was distinct in that it had
a pattern of rivets on the surface of the scale and were wider
and thicker through the crescent than standard enlisted scales. The underside also had a bottom piece that the common privates scales
lacked. The sergeants wearing this pattern included the Sergeant Major, Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant, and Regimental
Commissary Sergeant. Exact reproduction of
originals worn on the shoulders of the dress uniform.
scales were originally designed to be a form of body armor. The idea
was that if a soldier wearing these was struck down by a swordsman, the
blow would be diminished by the protecting scales. However, by the
American Civil War these scales were worn by Enlisted and NCOs as part
of their dress uniform and not for protection.
Attachment sets (FEU-006A) sold separately. Made in U.S.A.