I was contacted by a local woman last week who had heard I collect militaria. She said her father passed many years ago, but had purchased some items years ago at an estate sale I might be interested in. I was able to acquire what I think are probably Civil War Captains infantry shoulder boards along with eight frock coat buttons and three cuff buttons. In the grouping was also an old cigar, the two tin type photos depicted below, and an old stone that appears was used to sharpen a knife. No name attributed however. The photos depict two different men (I think different men, one has a beard the other doesnt). They are not uniform photos but civilian. The buttons all match in terms of age and condition and all have the same back mark, Thomas N. Dale in New York. They are "I" marked officers buttons. To me it appears that the frock coat was likely stripped, perhaps because of mothing and the buttons saved as well as the shoulder boards. If that is the case, I would be missing one breast button and three more cuff buttons for a complete set.
I know there is a bit of a science to these boards to date them to the CW. I think that is what they are but would love to hear opinions. They measure 4 inches long, and are 1 5/8 inches wide including the bullion border and embellishments. It does appear the bullion, while now toned, possesses the dull and bright finish that makes these "sparkle" if you know what I mean. The backs are open, and appear similar to other CW vintage boards I have seen here ion the forum, in terms of construction and materials. Comments welcome and thanks in advance. Kevin