The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway.

Winchester, Virginia USA (changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!).
authentic Civil War relics.

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Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War relics.
Cavalry equipment, shoulder scales.

This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader.   Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author.  None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to relicman.com sales listings for items offered for sale.  This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items.  I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me.
All items listed are believed to be original and authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.
Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.
Any artillery or ordnance relics have been disarmed and rendered safe.
Any weapons are pre 1898 antique weapons, and are exempt from Federal regulation, no licenses or permits are required.

This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.



Shoulder scales.
The metal shoulder scales were issued to Federal enlisted cavalry.  In addition to adornment, they were supposed to provided some protection to the cavalryman's shoulder in a saber fight.  Made of brass, there are six scales attached to a pan, held together with a thin iron sheet, a brass strip soldered to the pan, and attached to the bottom with a thumb turn, would fit under a brass clip sewed onto the jacket.  Construction is fragile and most are found broken.
Ref:  Civil War Artifacts, pg. 174.

M0884     Shoulder scales
 The metal shoulder scales were issued to Federal enlisted cavalry.  In addition to adornment, they were supposed to provided some protection to the cavalryman's shoulder in a saber fight.  Made of brass, there are six scales attached to a pan, held together with a thin iron sheet, a brass strip soldered to the pan, and attached to the bottom with a thumb turn, would fit under a brass clip sewed onto the jacket.  Construction is fragile and most are found broken.  Recovered: Fredericksburg, Virginia.  pair.
Ref:  Civil War Artifacts, pg. 174.

M0902     Shoulder scales
The metal shoulder scales were issued to Federal enlisted cavalry.  In addition to adornment, they were supposed to provided some protection to the cavalryman's shoulder in a saber fight.  Made of brass, there are six scales attached to a pan, held together with a thin iron sheet, a brass strip soldered to the pan, and attached to the bottom with a thumb turn, would fit under a brass clip sewed onto the jacket.  Construction is fragile and most are found broken.  Recovered: Virginia campaign. Single.
Ref:  Civil War Artifacts, pg. 174.


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