Historylinks Year: 1881
Scarlet woollen dress uniform component used to protect the shoulder of the dress tunic when carrying a rifle on parade. The shape is assymetrical, with a very roughly rectangular central area with a curving strap with a hook at the end coming down from one corner. The opposite side curves up into a point and has a buttonhole at each end. A webbing tape is sewn on to the inside, presumably so that something can pass through it. The outside is stained at one edge with oil or polish.
Picture added on 02 March 2010