This sergeant major from Maine, displays the most bodacious set of chevrons north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
This Maine sergeant major, who someone out there knows his identity, proudly wears this wild set of chevrons, that aren’t regulation, but most certainly bold. Note the three upper stripes proceed over the lower three, not the regulation fashion of falling into and butting up to the inside lower stripe.
He also wears a Model 1850 Foot Officers sword, probably a presentation from the regimental rank and file. The sword sash appears to be officer quality silk, not the worsted wool NCO type.
The photographer is John M.Howe, Portland.
Very good condition.
From the Michael McAfee Collection.