Der Rittmeister Militaria, LLC. Imperial German Merchandise : Shoulder Boards and Epaulettes for Navy, Royalty, Generals, Admirals, Air Service, Army, and Kavallerie.   
Updated on 22 October 2014.
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Generals, Generalfeldmarschalls, & Admiräle

 

Bavaria

 

23-370 PAIR OF GENERALFELDMARSCHALL SHOULDER BOARDS - BAVARIA. The Kingdom of Bavaria produced only three generalfeldmarschalls during the Imperial German Period: König Ludwig III, Kronprinz Rupprecht, and Prinz Leopold. König Ludwig III’s appointment was strictly political, an acknowledgment of his stature as ruler of one of the Reich’s four Kingdoms. Württemberg’s Wilhelm II and Saxony’s Friedrich August III received their appointments within relatively close proximity of Ludwig’s. The appointments of Kronprinz Rupprecht and Prinz Leopold, while they had some political weight, were based on their qualifications and contributions to the German war machine. They were excellent field commanders who had earned their promotions.
Today we are offering you a pair of generalfeldmarschall shoulder boards from one of these three men. We do not know which of those three owned this pair. Trying to judge which one was the owner is a matter of pure speculation. At least it is a very limited number from which to choose! These gorgeous shoulder boards measure 2" x 5". [We can tell they were meant for a tunic rather than an overcoat (mantel) by their size]. They exhibit alternating rows of silver and gold bullion (often referred to as "Russian Rope"). If one carefully examines the silver row, one can detect the blue chevrons confirming that they hail from Bavaria. In each shoulder board’s center is a handsome set of generalfeldmarschall’s crossed batons. Each one measures 2 1/4" in length. The board’s reverse sports a red strap that helps to attach each shoulder board to a tunic, which made these shoulder boards of the "slip on" variety. The underlays are made of a red felt.
We have offered a pair of Saxon generalfeldmarschall’s shoulder boards in the past, as well as several from Prussia (naturally, since Prussia boasted the greatest number of generalfeldmarschalls[!]). This set is simply magnificent. $4,995.00

 

 

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23-326 PAIR OF EPAULETTES - GENERALLEUTNANT a.D. - BAVARIA. This is a very exciting pair of epaulettes for a Bavarian Generalleutnant in retirement (a.D). Prior to WW I, it was common for an officer of this rank to command a Division. In some instances during WW II, an officer of this rank even commanded an ArmeeKorps. Each epaulette features a silver crescent moon with conjoined silver ringlets extending down from it. They do not dangle individually as do the fringes from Major’s through Oberst’s epaulettes. Each has a silver bullion surface on which a single gilt pip is applied. One can see blue thread imbedded in the silver bullion, which confirms it is Bavarian. Each boasts a small silver button that is held in place by a traditional cotter-pin, which is indicative of Bavarian high-ranking officer’s epaulettes. The epaulettes’ reverse displays a totally red felt underlay. Some very light moth tracking shows on one epaulette’s reverse, and a couple of moth nips are on the other. Attached to each epaulette is a leather strap with its customary cotter pin. It hooks to a metal disc, which then attaches the epaulette to a uniform. It is an interesting manner that is quite typical of Bavarian epaulettes. These are in wonderful condition and quite scarce. $2,995.00

 

 

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23-348 PAIR OF GENERALLEUTNANT AS À LA SUITE OFFICER’S M-1915 SHOULDER BOARDS - BAVARIA. This is a simply beautiful pair of Bavarian Generalleutnant’s M-1915 shoulder boards. The subdued boards were correct for use on a post 1915 feldgrau tunic. Each measures 2" x 5." They sport alternating, rope-like, bullion braid in subdued gold and silver. The silver braid has blue chevrons imbedded in it, denoting its Bavarian origin. Furthermore, each shoulder board displays a single pip that indicates the officer is a generalleutnant, as well as an à la Suite officer. Their reverses feature a fine, red, wool underlay. They are of the slip-on variety, which renders their attachment to a tunic quick and simple. The condition of the two shoulder boards is excellent. $1,495.00

 

 

 

 

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23-427 SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD FOR GENERAL der INFANTERIE LUDWIG SAMSON ARTHUR FREIHERR von UND zu der TANN-RATHSAMHAUSEN - BAVARIA. This is a stunning single shoulder board for Ludwig Samson Arthur Freiherr von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen (June 18, 1815 – April 26, 1881). Interestingly, his third name, Arthur, was for British Duke and Field Marshall Wellington. [Von der Tann was born in 1815 when the Battle of Waterloo took place]. Von der Tann came from a noble family that had roots in Bavaria and Alsace. He worked through the system of the Bavarian Army with special attention from King Ludwig II. In 1869 he was promoted to General der Infanterie and also given command of the Bavarian I. Armeekorps. He led this unit in the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. His record was exemplary in the war that resulted in Prussia’s Wilhelm I being named Germany’s first Kaiser. His courage led to major German victories at Worth and Sedan. He commanded the I. Armeekorps until his death in 1881. Bavarian Infanterie-Regiment Nr 11 was named in his honor. [A Battle cruiser also was named for him, known as the S. M. S. Von der Tann. She joined the fleet in 1910 and participated in the Battle of Jutland. It was her artillery that sank the HMS Indefatigable, one of Britain’s more advanced battle cruisers. Only two known survivors survived the HMS Indefatigable’s sinking out of a crew of more than 1,000 men. The S. M. S. Von der Tann suffered severe damage at the Battle of Jutland, but returned to fleet service after two months of repairs. She was scuttled at Scapa Flow in 1919 with much of the German fleet.
Today we offering von der Tann’s Bavarian Infanterie-Regiment Nr 11 shoulder board.  It displays the gilt regimental designation for Bavarian Infanterie-Regiment Nr 11. It also has two silver pips that indicate a General der Infanterie in the capacity of a General à la Suite. The chevrons on the silver bullion braid are a very light blue. The silver bullion braid is flanked on either side by gold in the Russian braid style. The board’s reverse is red and has a red strap that enabled the shoulder board to be slipped onto a tunic. The shoulder board is in excellent condition and will make a fantastic addition to any collection. $995.00  

 

 

 

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23-379 PAIR OF GENERALMAJOR’S TUNIC SHOULDER BOARDS - BAVARIA. This is a lovely pair of Bavarian Army Generalmajor’s shoulder boards. The shoulder boards date from approximately 1912 and were worn on the general’s tunic. They measure 1 ½" x 4 ½." While they sport a general’s bullion rope braid, they do NOT show a pip, because they indicate the lowest-possible general’s rank. It is for the Imperial German equivalent of a U.S. Army/Air Force/Marine Corps Brigadier General. Their overall condition is quite impressive. $795.00 

 

 

 

 

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23-375 SINGLE GENERALMAJOR SHOULDER BOARD FOR OVERCOAT - BAVARIA. This is a single Bavarian Army generalmajor’s shoulder board that was used on his overcoat (mantle). It measures 2 1/3" x 5 ½." While it displays a general’s bullion rope braid, it does not show a pip because it is for the lowest general’s rank. It is for the Imperial German equivalent of a U.S. Army/Air Force/Marine Corps Brigadier General. The oversized shoulder board’s condition is quite pleasing. $795.00

 

 

 

 

 

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Prussia

 

13-876 GROßADMIRAL ALFRED von TIRPITZ’S SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD AND POSTCARD. Alfred von Tirpitz (1849-1930) was one of the Kaiserliche Marine’s best known admiräle (admirals). He joined the Navy in 1865. At that time the Prussian Navy was very small and insignificant. [When the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War took place, the Prussian Navy was far outnumbered by the French Navy. The Prussians stayed in port during the conflict, (engendering embarrassment for their lack of participation)]. Early in his career, Tirpitz was involved in the development of torpedoes, then Torpedo-Boots. He held a number of administrative and tactical commands. In 1895, he was promoted to the rank of Konteradmiral. In 1899, he was promoted to Vizeadmiral. The following year he was ennobled. In 1903, he was promoted to the rank of Admiral. His final promotion was to Großadmiral, which took place in 1911. (We will return to that later). In the late 1890's, he became more involved in the Kaiserliche Marine’s political/administrative arm. From 1897-1916, he served as the "Secretary of State of the Imperial German Naval Office." Von Tirpitz was responsible for the Navy’s growth. With the Kaiser’s support, the Navy greatly increased its numbers of battleships and cruisers. This led to an arms race with England, with each country enlarging its Navy in competition with its rival.
Von Tirpitz also was responsible for building a fleet of U-Boots, as he felt that they would be very effective against England’s bigger ships (particularly those on duty in the eventual blockade that von Tirpitz realized was inevitable). He also knew submarines would help prevent cargo ships from delivering much needed war materials and food to England. [Interestingly, submarine warfare proved a major problem for Germany. Views about "unrestricted" submarine attacks on civilian targets raged pro and con within the Navy, as well as within the Kaiser’s circle, and those of other political/diplomatic entities. Germany’s unrestricted submarine warfare eventually became a prime motivator for the USA’s involvement in WW I].
By 1916, Kaiser Wilhelm withdrew his support for von Tirpitz (a handy scapegoat), forcing him to retire the same year. In 1917, von Tirpitz became involved in a new political party, eventually serving in the Reichstag during the 1920's. Von Tirpitz remained an important figure within Germany’s military and public life until the late 1920's. With the rise to party of the Nazi Party (NSDAP), a rebuilt German Luftwaffe (Air Force) and Kriegsmarine (Navy) came into existence. The Kriegsmarine built two modern Bismarck Class Battleships: the famous Bismarck was its lead ship, the Tirpitz was the second. The Bismarck was sunk in May 1941. Bottled up in Norwegian waters, the Tirpitz was not much of a major factor. Ultimately, bombers from the RAF sank her in November 1944.
To truly comprehend von Tirpitz’s importance, one first must understand the rank of Großadmiral. It was instituted by the Kaiserliche Marine in 1901. Prior to that date, the highest rank was Admiral, which was equal to the German Army’s General der Infanterie. As it was the top rank, the Navy had NO rank equivalent to the Army’s ranks of Generaloberst or Generalfeldmarschall. When the Großadmiral’s rank was instituted, it became equivalent to the Army’s rank of Generalfeldmarschall, (the Army’s Generaloberst rank still had NO equivalent).
Only SIX men became Großadmiräle (plural form) from the rank’s 1901 institution through the empire’s end in 1918. The first two, Kaiser Wilhelm II (1901) and Sweden’s King Oscar II (1901), were royals who held the rank on an honorary basis. The next two men, Hans von Koester (1905) and Prussia’s Prince Heinrich (1909), held the rank on a tactical basis. The final two men, Alfred von Tirpitz (1911)[held without patent] and Henning von Holtzendorff (1918), held the rank as the "Secretary of State of the Imperial German Naval Office," the Navy’s TOP official.
You will note the phrase "held without patent" after Alfred von Tirpitz’s name. When he received his promotion on 27 January 1911, he was given the title "Großadmiral," BUT did not receive its patent. The lack of that document signifies that von Tirpitz’s rank actually was LOWER than the other five Großadmiräle. The difference becomes evident when we study von Tirpitz’s shoulder boards. The other five Großadmiräle’s shoulder boards sported crossed batons like those of the Generalfeldmarschälle (GFM), while von Tirpitz displayed four pips on his. [Those of you familiar with the German Army’s shoulder boards know that officers who received a patent with their rank wore the crossed batons. Those officers who were designated Generaloberst in the rank of Generalfeldmarschall (an honorary rank generally given to royals WITHOUT direct command authority) sported shoulder boards with the crossed batons AND three pips (combining a Generalfeldmarschall’s crossed batons with a Generaloberst’s three pips), or displayed four pips by themselves]. This was exactly von Tirpitz’s situation. Unlike the other five men, he bore four pips on his shoulder boards and epaulettes.
Several years ago we offered a single von Tirpitz shoulder board with the same configuration. It came from a museum in Germany, and I was very excited to offer it. Today, we are offering ANOTHER single shoulder board that only could have belonged to Alfred von Tirpitz. The shoulder board measures 1 7/8" x 4 3/16." It displays four gilt-toned pips on its obverse. Its reverse reveals that it is of the slip-on variety, which is correct. Its backing material boasts a rich, 100% correct, navy-blue color that is proper for a naval officer’s shoulder boards. We can also see where each pip has been attached.
In addition we are offering a postcard which shows von Tirpitz in uniform. If you look closely at the shoulder board that he is wearing on his left shoulder, you will note that it has FOUR pips and not crossed batons. This confirms that von Tirpitz was the only man to have the rank of Großadmiral and to wear a shoulder board with FOUR pips. The shoulder board’s condition is excellent, overall. Interestingly, this shoulder board’s addition means we currently are offering items from THREE of the six Großadmiräle! Only Kaiser Wilhelm II, Prinz Heinrich, and Sweden’s King Oscar II are not currently represented in our inventory. $2,995.00 

 

 

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23-316 PAIR OF EPAULETTES TO A GENERALLEUTNANT/ADJUTANT TO KAISER WILHELM II  IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX. This is a marvelous pair of epaulettes for one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s adjutants in the rank of generalleutnant. We have offered Kaiser’s adjutant’s shoulder boards in the past, but this is the very first time we have offered epaulettes for such an exalted rank and position. These epaulettes are MASSIVE! Each of them measures 7" x 6 1/2" x 3." The Kaiser’s gilt, crowned cypher is displayed against a rich, checkerboard, silver bullion background. Directly below it is a single, gilt generalleutnant’s pip. Each epaulette’s top is surrounded by a silver crescent. From its patina, I would say it is either silver or German silver. A general officer’s conjoined ringlets hang down from each epaulette. They do not flow freely as, for example, would an oberst’s, but are tightly bound together. Underneath is a fine leather backing for the ringlets. Furthermore, each epaulette sports a red wool underlay for its. Both epaulettes are in EXCELLENT condition and totally problem-free. They come in a large storage case that measures 13 1/4" x 8 1/2" x 4." The case’s bottom is lined in with white and pink silk. White ties hold the epaulettes in place. The storage case is constructed of thick, high-quality, heavy-duty cardboard with a leatherette exterior. The box has protected these epaulettes for more than one-hundred-years, since I date them from 1900 through 1910. It is a breathtaking presentation that we are most pleased to share with you. $5,495.00 df

 

 

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23-424 SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD FOR PRUSSIAN GENERAL der INFANTERIE/KAISER WILHELM II’S ADJUTANT. This is an impressive single shoulder board for a Prussian officer who was a General der Infanterie and also served as Kaiser Wilhelm II’s personal adjutant. This superb shoulder board measures 2" x 4 ½." [Please note: before WW I a General der Infanterie who commanded forces in the field would have commanded one of Germany’s Armeekorps. The latter was Germany’s largest field organization prior to WW I, as Armees and Armeegruppen had yet to be founded. The ranks of Generaloberst and Generalfeldmarschall emerged AFTER the larger field units were founded]. The Kaiser’s adjutant, however, was NOT in charge of field units. Instead, he attended the German Empire’s Kaiser, Kings, Grand Dukes, Dukes, and Princes.
The shoulder board is similar to any general officer’s. It is constructed of alternating silver and gold Russian bullion braids. In the center is Kaiser Wilhelm II’s crowned royal cypher (WR - Wilhelm Rex). Flanking this cypher are two silver pips that indicate a General der Infanterie (OR a General der Kavallerie or General der Artillerie). The silver pips indicate an à la Suite officer. The shoulder board is in amazing condition. $995.00  

 

 

 

 

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Saxony

 

23-410 SINGLE GENERALMAJOR SHOULDER BOARD - SAXONY. This is a single Saxon Army generalmajor’s shoulder board in fine condition. Prior to WW I, a generalmajor typically commanded a Brigade, which consisted of three or more regiments. During WW I, it was common to find a generalmajor commanding a full Division. This is a prewar (pre-feldgrau) shoulder board. It measures 4 7/8" x 1 7/8." It has the gold and silver bullion ropes commonly referred to as "Russian." The silver bullion ropes display green chevrons, which confirm it is Saxon. The shoulder board is slightly rounded, meaning it actually was worn on a tunic. (I like to see a shoulder board that saw some action). As is correct for a generalmajor’s shoulder board, it displays NO rank pips (a generalmajor was the most junior general officer). Also, its obverse sports a gilt-toned button that is secured on the reverse by a straight pin. The reverse sports a red backing. We can also see it is a slip-on shoulder board, which is typical for a general officer. Some sort of white material also appears on the reverse under the slip-on attachment’s strap.
Overall, the shoulder board is in very clean condition. $495.00
 

 

 

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Württemberg

 

Oberst

 

Baden

 

23-414 OBERSTLEUTNANT’S FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT EPAULETTES - BADEN. This is a very high-quality pair of Oberstleutnant’s Feldartillerie-Regiment epaulettes.  An officer of this rank often was a regiment’s deputy commander or, on occasion, the regimental commander himself.  One of the main differences in epaulettes at the rank of a Major, an Oberstleutnant, or an Oberst was the large quantity of bullion ringlets (approximately seventy-five or more individual ringlets) that extended from the epaulette’s main body.  In this case, the bullion ringlets are silver.  A Leutnant, an Oberleutnant, and a Hauptmann’s epaulettes featured NO ringlets, just the body.  For the rank of general officer (all five), ringlets WERE attached.
The metal frames (I call them moons) are gilt. The epaulette’s interior has a red felt background on the top. Within that is Baden’s large royal crown in brass, along with a single, gilt-toned pip denoting their status as an Oberstleutnant. [Please note on the accompanying photographs that one epaulette has aged a bit harder than the other.   One of the frames has more patina to it, and the felt has also seen more use. It is all a part of their history].
When we turn them over, we see that a skirt of smaller ringlets is attached under the main ringlets.  They are more of a silver-gray, matching what we see on the Baden dress officer’s sash above.  The underlying fabric is red to match the top.  The epaulette that shows more wear on the front has two major mothing patches along with some smaller, scattered mothing. The other epaulette has one or two smaller nips.
This is a hard-to-find pair of epaulettes, particularly in this rank. It is quite likely only ONE officer of this rank would be present in a regiment at any one time. $650.00

 

 

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23-415 OBERSTLEUTNANT’S FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT SHOULDER BOARDS - BADEN. This is an extremely fine pair of prewar Oberstleutnant’s Feld-Artillerie shoulder boards from the Grand Duchy of Baden.  An oberstleutnant generally was an artillery regiment’s deputy commander, if not the regimental commander. These shoulder boards may have been for a mantel (overcoat) as they are quite large, measuring 5 ½” x 2½”  Each shoulder board sports the Grand Duchy of Baden’s large crown, the flaming artillerie bomb, and an oberstleutnant’s single pip.  They are slip-on shoulder boards, which were typically worn by officers above a major’s rank.  They have a red felt reverse.  Only one of the boards has the slip-on tab. The other is missing. $495.00

 

 

 

 

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23-416 SINGLE OBERST’S FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT SHOULDER BOARD - BADEN. This is a single shoulder board for an Oberst who commanded a Baden Feld-Artillerie-Regiment.  The shoulder board measures 5" x 2 1/4" It features an oberst’s brass twin pips, Baden’s Crown, and the Feld-Artillerie’s flaming bomb.  The reverse has red felt backing. It also has the attachment for slipping the shoulder board onto a tunic. The shoulder board is in very fine condition. $295.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23-419 OBERST COMMANDING AN ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT’S SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD - BADEN.  This is a single shoulder board for an Oberst who was the commanding officer of a Baden Artillerie-Regiment.  The board measures 2” x 5 3/4.”  It features a Baden Crown over a flaming grenade/artillery bomb. It also features an Oberst’s twin pips. The shoulder board has a red felt backing. $225.00

 

 

 

 

 

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Bavaria

 

20-226 PAIR OF PRINZ FRANZ OF BAVARIA’S EPAULETTES - REGIMENTAL COMMANDER AND OBERST - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 2 - BAVARIA - ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE. Prinz Franz (1875-1957) of Bavaria was Kronprinz Rupprecht’s (1869-1955) younger brother. Their father was König Ludwig III (1845-1921) of Bavaria. Like his older brother Prinz Rupprecht, Prinz Franz had a military career, although it was less distinguished. Both brothers commanded the 2. Infanterie-Regiment Kronprinz at different times. This very proud regiment was founded in 1682, making it one of the Bavarian Army’s two oldest Infanterie regiments. It was garrisoned in München and attached to the Bavarian I. Armeekorps. Prinz Rupprecht commanded the regiment in 1899, until he was promoted to generalmajor and assumed other responsibilities. Ultimately, Prinz Rupprecht achieved the rank of Generalfeldmarschall. I do not have the exact dates when Prinz Franz commanded the 2. Infanterie-Regiment Kronprinz. It was from before WW I to slightly before or after WW I erupted. He then was promoted to generalmajor and commanded an Infanterie brigade throughout the war. Each of the epaulettes is framed by a gilt "moon." Its background is red (wool) felt. Mounted on the background is the regiment’s massive crowned cypher. It is so large it spills over the gilt "moon frame’s" edges. Flanking the cypher are two pips indicating an oberst’s rank. Silver ringlets hang down from the frame. This adornment was used only on a major’s, oberstleutnant’s, or oberst’s epaulettes. Whether for a lower or higher rank, all other epaulettes were significantly different. The epaulette’s "tongue" sports silver bullion tape embedded with blue, further confirming the epaulette is Bavarian. Each epaulette features a plain, gold-toned button. When one turns them over, they display the typical Bavarian washer and cotter pin securing them to the tunic. The reverse sports the same red material as is present on the obverse. These beautiful epaulettes come in their original storage case. No markings whatsoever appear for Prinz Franz either on or in the case. Inside is a pedestal on which they sit. A nifty little ribbon secures them with a little bow. I really like these epaulettes. They hail from a less well known Wittelsbach prince. When his older brother, Kronprinz Albrecht, died in 1955, Prinz Franz became the Bavarian throne’s pretender until his death in 1957. Included with the epaulettes is a copy from the Rangliste that shows Prinz Franz as oberst and commander of 2. Infanterie-Regiment Kronprinz. Interestingly, his older brother, Kronprinz Rupprecht, was the regiment’s Inhaber (its honorary oberst and patron)! $2,895.00

 

 

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Prussia

 

20-252 PAIR OF OBERST EPAULETTES IN A DELUXE PRESENTATION CASE TO THE FIRST COMMANDER OF FÜSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 86 - KAISERIN AUGUSTE VIKTORIA GIFT. This week we are offering one of the most amazing and beautiful royalty gifts     we have ever been able to offer. It is a one-of-a-kind gift of incredibly superior quality. The presentation’s basis is a pair of oberst’s epaulettes from Füsilier-Regiment Königin (Schleswig-Holsteinsches) Nr 86. The regiment was founded in1866. Battalion Nr’s 1 and 2 were garrisoned at Flensburg, while Battalion Nr 3 was based at Sonderburg. The regiment was attached to the IX. ArmeeKorps. In 1890 the regiment was renamed to Füsilier-Regiment Königin (Schleswig-Holsteinsches) Nr 86 from what it had been formerly known as at the time of its inception. Also, it received a very royal Regimental Chef as its patron. The royal personage was none other than Auguste Viktoria, Kaiserin of Germany and Königin of Prussia. (She was a princess from Schleswig-Holstein when she married Kronprinz Wilhelm (later Kaiser Wilhelm II) in 1881).
The reorganized regiment’s first commander was Oberst Berger. In a special ceremony at Potsdam’s Neuen Palais, the Kaiserin presented Oberst Berger with his epaulettes as the "new" regiment’s commander. The ceremony took place on 22 October 1890. It is one thing to say that the Kaiserin presented him with the epaulettes. As the Kaiserin’s royal gift, it was more a matter of the presentation’s intricate embellishment. The epaulettes were presented to Oberst Berger in a massive, handsome, black, velvet-covered box. The box measures 15 3/4" x 10" x 5 1/2." With the epaulettes in place, it weighs a hefty 8 lbs. Its top lid features the Kaiserin’s crowned royal cypher. The cypher itself measures 2" x 1 3/4," while the crown above it measures 1 1/4" x 1 1/2." Below them is a brass plaque that measures 6 1/4" x 1 1/2." Four small corner screws secure it to the case’s top. The plaque’s engraved message reads:

"Von Ihren Majestät der Kaiserin und Königin Auguste Victoria
dem Oberst Berger, Kommandeur des Füsilier-Regiments Königin,
am 22. Oktober 1890 im Neuen Palais bei Potsdam
Allergnädigst verliehen."

This translates as "From your Majesty the Kaiserin and Queen Auguste Viktoria to Colonel Berger, Commander of the Queen’s Füsilier Regiments on 22 October 1890 in the New Palace at Potsdam/Most favorably conferred."
As we lift the box’s lid, we see a massive pair of oberst’s epaulettes. The epaulettes’ top is either white wool or felt. Mounted to each one are an oberst’s twin pips with the Kaiserin’s large, crowned, royal cypher between them. Each epaulette is held in place by a pedestal, which allows their tasteful display. The epaulettes "moons" are gold, as are the ringlets that hang down from it. These epaulettes are MINT. I seriously doubt that they ever were worn. In my opinion, the epaulettes were such a special gift that Oberst Berger did not want the originals damaged, and probably ordered another pair for his dress uniform.
As fantastic as are the epaulettes, the box which houses them is even more entrancing. Once the upper lid is in the "open" position, another set of hinges allows the front flap to be folded down for the epaulettes’ easy removal. The box’s whole interior is lined with first-quality, light-blue silk. Information about the manufacturer appears in the upper lid’s right corner. The four lines of information are:

"M. Neumann
Hoflieferant (Purveyor)
Sr. Majestät d Kaisers u. Königs
Berlin, Friedrichstr. 95"

M. Neumann was the Imperial Family’s Godet & Sohn for uniform-related items. Although I have described the epaulettes’ and presentation case’s superiority, I must emphasize it once more. Naturally, as a royal purveyor the Neumann firm took extreme care in turning out the best possible gift when the Empress requested it. Yes, I have offered royalty’s shoulder boards and epaulettes before, but never a gift set like this. I would not be surprised if more than one-hundred-nineteen years ago, Oberst Berger displayed these beauties on his desk or an office table to showcase this token of the Kaiserin’s favor.
A little research by our resident rangliste expert, Paul Chepurko, reveals that our man was Otto Adolf Berger. He was promoted to Generalmajor a year after his appointment to head Füsilier-Regiment Königin (Schleswig-Holsteinsches) Nr 86. This took place in 1891. His final command was 58. Infanterie-Brigade.  Following this he retired with the rank of Generalleutnant a. D. in 1895 He died in 1910. [Paul supplies the wonderful CD’s and books on our
Rangliste Merchandise Page (click here to see). In less than five minutes he gave me information on the balance of Berger’s career, including all of the decorations that he ever received]! It is a beautiful presentation, truly one-of-a-kind. We have some other research material that will come with this set to assist you in your enjoyment of this historic royal gift. $15,995.00

 

 

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23-335 PAIR OF OBERST EPAULETTES - ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 2 - ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - PRUSSIA. This is a very handsome pair of epaulettes for the oberst and commanding officer of 1. Pommersches Feldartillerie Regiment Nr 2. It is an old-line regiment that served with distinction during the Napoleonic Wars. It was formed in 1808 and garrisoned at Kolberg-Belgard. It was assigned to the II. Armeekorps. The regiment was one of two Artillerie regiments to be awarded the "Colberg 1807" bandeaux for their wappens. These epaulettes are massive. Each has a gilt moon. The moon is decorated with a large fringe of silver ringlets. Such fringes were only seen on major’s, oberstleutnant’s, and oberst’s epaulettes. In each epaulette’s center is a flaming gilt bomb with a "2" under it on a white background. We also see the oberst’s twin pips. Each of the epaulette’s white fields sports one moth nip. Their reverse has a red felt backing. The epaulettes are housed in a fine cardboard carton, which has protected them quite well over the years. On the lid’s underside we see a label for "Warrenhaus für Armee und Marine Berlin." This firm, along with C.E. Juncker in Berlin, was a primary purveyor for army and navy officers and their uniform needs. It is a great set. Keep in mind that not many men held the rank of regimental commander between 1890 and 1918. Few of these are available today, as we are not talking about a leutnant or other junior officer’s epaulettes. $1,195.00

 

 

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23-74 OBERST GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 2 OBERST'S DRESS EPAULETTES - PRUSSIA. This pair of dress (banjo style) epaulettes are correct for a Prussian Garde-Ulanen-Regiment Nr 2 Oberst. The epaulettes have a red background with the double pips and ringlets indicative of an Oberst. The epaulettes show some wear and toning. Overall, they are in well-above-average condition. $650.00 . .

 

 

 

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23-418 OBERSTLEUTNANT COMMANDING JÄGER zu PFERDE REGIMENT Nr 3's SHOULDER BOARDS - PRUSSIA. This is an ultra-high-quality pair of an Oberstleutnant commanding Jäger-Regiment zu Pferde Nr 3's shoulder boards. The regiment was garrisoned at  Colmar i. E.  It was raised in1905 and assigned to the XV. Armeekorps. [It is interesting to note that the Jäger zu Pferde Regiments were obsolete BEFORE they were created. The concept for this regiment-type was that they should be MOUNTED Jägers (similar to the Infanterie’s Jägers), acting as the Army’s eyes and engaging the opposition’s similar troops.  They were then tasked with concentrating on the opposition’s officers and NCO’s in order to create chaos among the troops.  Much of this changed with the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, as the introduction of fast firing rifles and cannons removed their advantage.  In fact, the LAST cavalry charge took place in the Franco-Prussian War. The dawn of the machine gun was at hand. By 1905 the machine gun was a reality and additional cavalry regiments were totally unnecessary.  The Army, however, was slow to acknowledge the new reality.  Three Jäger zu Pferde Regiments, including Jäger-Regiment zu Pferde Nr 3, were created in 1905.  Another was created in 1906, followed by one in 1908, one in 1910, and seven in 1913. Thus, fourteen of these virtually useless regiments were in service when WW I began.  As soon as trench warfare was developed, ALL cavalry regiments, no matter how elite, were dismounted to fight beside their infantry comrades.  It was sheer nonsense to create fourteen regiments of totally useless troops.  The Kaiser and/or his military advisors failed here, miserably].
The shoulder boards measure 1 3/4” x 4 ½.”  Each features a numeral “3" for the regiment, along with a gilt button on each shoulder board.  Finally, we see a single gilt pip for the rank of Oberstleutnant.  Their reverses display two underlays.  A white underlay is immediately beneath the shoulder board, followed by the blue underlay.
These are ultra-rare shoulder boards.  How many commanders would this regiment have had from 1905 through 1918?  My guess would be two or three. These would make a real find for your collection. $650.00

 

 

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23-319 PAIR OF EPAULETTES - OBERST/COMMANDING OFFICER - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 135 - ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - PRUSSIA. Prussia’s 3. Lothringisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 135 was founded in 1887. It was garrisoned at Diedenhofen. It was attached to the XVI. ArmeeKorps when WW I began, but when it was founded it had been assigned to the XV. ArmeeKorps. The regiment had a thirty-one-year history from its founding until it was disbanded in 1918. Today we are offering a pair of the regimental commanding officer’s epaulettes (he was an oberst). The epaulettes display a gilt moon around their edges. An oberst’s twin pips and the regimental designation appear on each one, overlaid upon brilliant yellow felt. Sumptuous silver bullion tassels cascade down from their sides. Everything that can be seen on the obverse is in MINT condition. The reverse, however, displays substantial mothing on its red felt backing material. Both epaulettes are housed on a pedestal within a storage box. The box is in better than average condition. Its upper lid reveals that the epaulettes came from a Hessen-Cassel military effects firm. It would make a fine addition to any collection. $995.00

 

 

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23-290 PAIR OF OBERST SHOULDER BOARDS - 5. GARDE-REGIMENT zu FUß OR GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 5 - PRUSSIA.
This is a fine pair of pre WW I shoulder boards for an oberst and regimental commander of 5. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß, or Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 5. These two regiments were founded in 1897. They were the last two Garde-Infanterie-Regiments created. Both were garrisoned at Spandau near Berlin and attached to the GardeKorps. Each shoulder board measures 4" x 1/2” x 2 1/4.” They feature black chevrons on silver bullion. The two gilt-toned pips for an oberst are in place. A white trim and underlay can be seen from above, and when looking at the reverse. The shoulder boards are in exceptional condition. These two regiments could not have had many commanders for the period from 1897 through 1918, so the opportunities for research are quite good. $550.00

 

 

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23-361 SINGLE M-1915 1. GARDE-FUßARTILLERIE-REGIMENT OBERST SHOULDER BOARD - PRUSSIA. This is a single oberst’s shoulder board from 1.Garde-Fußartillerie-Regiment. It was a very elite Artillerie regiment. It was founded in 1865 and garrisoned at Spandau. Like all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the Gardekorps. [Interestingly, while officially founded in 1865, its pickelhaube sports a "Colberg 1807" bandeau that came from the Napoleonic Wars]. The shoulder board is an M-1915 model developed especially for the feldgrau tunic. Officially, feldgrau came to pass in 1910 and the first national feldgrau uniform was the M-1910. Another big change came with the M-1915, as it was the standard WW I feldgrau adaptation. [A long article could be written about the exceptions and differences, but the statements are generally true]. 
The shoulder board measures 1 3/4" x 4 3/8." This shoulder board’s basic pattern was used by obersts, oberstleutnants, and Majors. Imbedded in the gray portion are black and white chevrons, which indicate (correctly) a Prussian regiment. Under it is a dark-yellow underlay that extends just beyond the Russian-style rope described above. Mounted on the surface we see a pair of gilt-crossed (heavy) cannons. Flanking the cannons are the two gilt stars that confirm the oberst rank.
As we examine the shoulder board’s backside, we see the previously-described yellow underlay. We also see a heavy wool attachment piece that allowed it to be attached as a slip-on to a tunic. 
It is in very fine condition, overall, and would make a superb addition to your collection.
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23-411 PAIR OF OBERST SHOULDER BOARDS FROM THE WAR MINISTRY. This is a fine pair of oberst’s shoulder boards. The owner served at the German War Ministry, which also meant serving on the General Staff. The shoulder boards are in well above-average condition. They measure 4 1/4" x 1 3/4." They clearly were worn, as they are slightly rounded from having been mounted on a tunic. Each displays the pattern as worn by officers ranking as majors, oberstleutnants, and obersts. Each also features Prussia’s black chevrons and an oberst’s double rank pips. You might ask how we know they are for the War Ministry? Their backing material is a handsome shade of magenta, the color reserved for officers serving on the War Ministry’s General Staff. This fellow was a VERY high-level officer. He probably commanded a department that specialized in some sort of staff function to support field officers.
The only flaw that we can detect is that one of the two slip-on straps is missing, while the other is in very poor condition. As you will most likely display them featuring the obverse, it should not present a major problem. They are very rare shoulder boards. Even with the reverse’s faults, they are more than fairly-priced. $450.00
 

 

 

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Saxony

 

23-229 PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR AN OBERST - BEZIRKS-KOMMANDO Nr 47 - SAXONY. This is an interesting pair of oberst’s shoulder boards from Saxony’s Bezirks-Kommando Nr 47. A Bezirks-Kommando was a training district for new recruits and reservists who were being prepared to go to various units. These are very large and ornate shoulder boards (each measures 5" x 2"). They feature the green Saxon thread in the silver bullion. Each shoulder board displays the numeral "47." While these are for an oberst, one of the two shoulder boards is missing its second gilt pip. Each shoulder board, which is of the slip-on variety, has red backing and a gold button for mounting on the tunic. The price of the pair more than reflects the missing pip. Perhaps you can find a replacement for it. $350.00  

 

 

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23-149 PAIR OF OBERST SHOULDER BOARDS - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 12 - SAXONY. This is an extremely fine pair of daily-wear shoulder boards for an oberst, who was also the regimental commander. Each of the shoulder boards has the double pips of an oberst, along with the regimental designation ("12"). This was for Königl Sächs 12 Infanterie-Regiment Nr 177. This was one of the final regiments created (three others were created in 1897 and one in 1912). This was an 1897-created regiment. It was garrisoned in Dresden, where it was attached to the XII. Armeekorps. Each of the shoulder boards displays a gilt button. The boards are of the slip-on variety, with a red backing. The condition is quite pleasing and displays a fine patina. $625.00 

 

 

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Misc.

 

23-309 XES OBERST SINGLE SUBDUED SHOULDER BOARD - AUSTRIA. This is a consignment item. It is a single shoulder board from a unit in the Austro-Hungarian Army. The shoulder board measures 4" x 1 3/4." The bullion rope base is a subdued gilt intertwined with green thread. At the shoulder board’s top, where the button is attached, the green bullion has lifted somewhat and will not lie down flat. Between the oberst’s two gilt pips is a royal cypher for "HV" or "VH." A red trim base runs along it, with a black underlay. $125.00

 

 

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23-310 XES OBERST SINGLE SUBDUED SHOULDER BOARD - AUSTRIA. This is a consignment item. It is a single shoulder board from a unit in the Austro-Hungarian Army. The shoulder board measures 4" x 1 1/2." The bullion rope base is a subdued gilt intertwined with green thread. Between the oberst’s two gilt pips is a royal cypher for "HV" or "VH." A red trim base runs along it, with a black underlay. $125.00

 

 

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Oberstleutnant

 

Baden

 

23-422 SINGLE FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT OBERSTLEUTNANT’S SHOULDER BOARD - BADEN. This is a single Oberstleutnant’s shoulder board from a Grand Duchy of Baden Feldartillerie-Regiment.  The shoulder board, which measures 2 1/4” x 5 ½,” features a Feldartillerie-Regiment’s flaming bomb. It also displays a crown over the bomb.  Below that appears a single pip denoting the rank of Oberstleutnant.  The reverse features red felt, with no mothing. The strap that was used to slip on the shoulder board is not present.  Overall, its condition is very fine. $195.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prussia

 

23-420 SINGLE INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 72 OBERSTLEUTNANT’S SHOULDER BOARD - PRUSSIA. This is a single 4 Thüringisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 72 Oberstleutnant’s shoulder board. The Regiment’s Battalions Nr I and Nr II were garrisoned at Torgau.  Battalion Nr III was posted to Eilenburg.  The regiment was formed in1860 and was assigned to the IV. Armeekorps.  The prewar shoulder board measures 2” x 4 3/4.”. It features its patron’s royal cypher and crown, as well as an Oberstleutnant’s single pip. At this rank, the officer was either the regimental commander or his deputy.  The board's backing is white.  The shoulder board is of the slip-on variety and that piece is fully in place. The shoulder board’s overall condition is very fine.  It is always harder to find shoulder boards of this rank (or higher). $275.00

 

 

 

 

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23-341 PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR AN OBERSTLEUTNANT SERVING IN FUßARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 1 - PRUSSIA. This is a pair of shoulder boards for an Oberstleutnant serving in Fußartillerie-Regiment von Linger (Ostpreußisches) Nr 1. The regiment was raised in 1864 and garrisoned at Königsberg i.Pr. It was assigned to the I. Armeekorps. Fußartillerie-Regiments were a relatively "modern" creation in the German Army, with all but one of these regiments founded from 1864 onward. Fewer Fußartillerie-Regiments were formed than Feldartillerie-Regiments. These shoulder boards are in top condition. Each has the numeral "1" on the board, as well as an oberstleutnant’s single pip. The backing on the reverse is white. This is a pre 1910 pair of slip-on shoulder boards. They are quite scarce. $595.00

 

 

 

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23-185 PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR AN OBERSTLEUTNANT IN  TRAIN-BATTALION Nr 7 - PRUSSIA. These are an oberstleutnant’s shoulder boards from Westfälische Train-Abteilung Nr 7. The unit was formed in 1853 and garrisoned in Münster. It was attached to the VII. Armeekorps. Each shoulder board carries a single pip for an oberstleutnant and a "7" for the unit. The shoulder boards are in very fine condition. $350.00  

 

 

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23-399 PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR AN OBERST IN INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 20 - PRUSSIA. This is a pair of oberstleutnant shoulder boards from Infanterie-Regiment Graf Tauentzien von Wittenberg (3. Brandenburgisches) Nr 20. The regiment was created in 1813 and garrisoned in Wittenberg. It was assigned to the III. Armeekorps. The shoulder boards measure 1 ½" x 5 ½." Each shoulder board sports the regimental designation, a large numeral "20," and a single rank pip. One of the shoulder boards has experienced a higher degree of patina than the other. They are of the slip-on variety, which was more commonly see on shoulder boards above a major’s rank. Their reverses reveal red felt underlay materials. Some moth damage is evident to this material on both boards’ reverses. No such damage is apparent on the shoulder boards’ obverses. $295.00

 

 

 

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23-315 PAIR OF OBERSTLEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 57 - PRUSSIA. This is an oberstleutnant’s shoulder boards from Infanterie-Regiment Ferdinand von Braunschweig (8. Westfälisches) Nr 57. The regiment was founded in 1860 and garrisoned at Wesel. It was attached to the VII. ArmeeKorps. Each shoulder board measures 5 3/4" x 2 1/4." They have intertwined silver bullion ropes flecked with black chevrons, which confirm it was a Prussian regiment. One shoulder board has a small cut in a small portion of its silver bullion. Each shoulder board sports a gilt pip that proclaims its wearer as an oberstleutnant. In addition, the shoulder boards’ centers bear a gilt "57" as the regimental designation. Their reverses reveal a blue overlay. This matches the center of the regiment’s epaulettes. Some mothing appears on the blue material of each shoulder board. In addition, straps allow the shoulder boards to be slipped onto either the owner’s tunic or overcoat. It is a fine pair of shoulder boards from a regiment that saw service during wars in 1864, 1866, 1870, and 1914. $475.00

 

 

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Saxony

 

23-170 PAIR OF OBERSTLEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - SAXONY. This is a pair of oberstleutnant’s shoulder boards from the Saxony Army. They have a different rope-like surface from the shoulder boards for officers among the ranks of leutnant through hauptmann. This design is for officers from the rank of major through oberst, before changing to the pattern used by all general officers. The chevrons of these boards are green, which is correct for Saxony. They also have the single pip of an oberstleutnant. The backing of the boards is also an extended green. Both are in excellent condition. $350.00

 

 

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23-231 XES PAIR OF OBERSTLEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - HUSAREN-REGIMENT OR ULANEN-REGIMENT - SAXONY. This is a consignment item. It is a pair of oberstleutnant’s shoulder boards from a Kavallerie regiment (either a Husaren-Regiment or an Ulanen-Regiment). Each shoulder board sports a single gilt pip. The shoulder boards have a light-blue backing which extends past the boards’ edges. They are both of the sewn-in variety. $295.00  

 

 

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Major 

Bavaria

 

20-192  PAIR OF PRINZ ALFONS’ EPAULETTES - 1. SCHWERES-REITER-REGIMENT - RANK - MAJOR - BAVARIA. Once again our old friend Prinz Alfons (1862-1933) of Bavaria makes an appearance on the pages of Der Rittmeister Militaria. Prinz Alfons was Prinz Adalbert of Bavaria’s second son. Although a House of Wittelsbach member, Prinz Alfons was well down on the Bavarian throne’s successor list. After serving as Prinz Regent for years, Ludwig III was elevated to König (when "Mad" Ludwig II died). This meant Kronprinz Rupprecht became the Bavarian heir apparent. Of course, he never became king because the empire fell in 1918. Prinz Alfons joined the Army in 1891 as a major in 1. Schweres-Reiter-Regiment Prinz Karl von Bayern. The regiment was founded in 1814. It was garrisoned in the capital of Munich, where it was assigned to the 1. Bavarian ArmeeKorps. In 1892 Prinz Alfons became the commander and oberst of 1. Schweres-Reiter-Regiment Prinz Karl von Bayern. Ultimately, he was promoted to General der Kavallerie, and served as the 7. Chevaulegers-Regiment Prinz Alfons’s Inhaber (Regimental Chef). This regiment was established in 1905 and named for Prinz Alfons. It was based at Straubing, where it was attached to the III. Bavarian ArmeeKorps. Prinz Alfons was never a front-line military commander, but as a royal he served in an à la Suite capacity. He held no official command during WW I. This pair of epaulettes belonged to Prinz Alfons when he served as a major in 1. Schweres-Reiter-Regiment Prinz Karl von Bayern. They are clearly for this regiment. We can tell by the epaulettes’ silver moons. While the epaulettes are similar to those of its sister regiment, 2. Schweres Reiter-Regiment Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand von Österreich-Este (founded in 1815 and garrisoned at Landshut), its moons are gilt. The material on the obverse is red. The rank of major is confirmed by the dangling silver trim (ringlets) hanging from its edges, (which was used for the three ranks of major, oberstleutnant, and oberst). Blue thread in the bullion trim also confirms them as Bavarian. These are some of the small details necessary for identifying shoulder boards/epaulettes’ regiments, especially when cyphers or regimental designations are not present. The epaulettes’ backing is a matching red. Overall, they are in very fine condition. The shoulder boards are housed in their original storage carton. The carton is quite large in order to properly accommodate these large epaulettes. A pedestal in its interior is where they are mounted and secured when they are not in use. The lid of the box has a white label on which is neatly penned "No II - 19 April 1891." This is the date of either the entrance into the regiment, or when they were acquired. The designation "No II" was for Prinz Alfons’ valet, to make sure that he assembled the correct regalia for a given uniform. The inside lid of the carton has "Prinz Alfons von Bayern," along with a Wittelsbach Crown and Stole over his name. A large white tag inside the lid proclaims that they come from the Christian Block workshops of Munich. Block (as noted on the label) was an official provider to the royal house. This is a great set in top condition. It would make a fine addition to any collection. $1,895.00  

 

 

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23-344 PAIR OF EPAULETTES FOR A MAJOR SERVING ON THE GENERAL STAFF - IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - BAVARIA. This is an unusual pair of Bavarian General Staff (Generalstab) Major’s epaulettes. These date from 1910, approximately. Their silver-toned crescent moons serve as framing devices. Silver-toned (with a touch of brassiness) braid ringlets hang down from their edges, and a silver-toned button decorates each epaulette. The bullion striping on each epaulette’s tongue displays blue thread identifying them as Bavarian. The magenta rose color of the wool felt covering the epaulettes’ basic shape confirms they are for a General Staff officer. The epaulettes’ underlay matches their magenta rose tops. I am very pleased to offer them. It is the first time I have offered a General Staff officer’s uniform accessory, particularly one from Bavaria and they even come in the original storage carton from a Bavarian military effects firm. Their overall condition is excellent. $995.00

 

 

 

 

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23-235 PAIR  OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A MAJOR - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 8 - BAVARIA. This is a pair of major’s shoulder boards from 8. Infanterie-Regiment Großherzog Friedrich II. von Baden. The regiment was raised in 1753. It was garrisoned at Metz, where is was attached to the Bavarian II. ArmeeKorps. As a major, As a major, this man was either one of the three Battalion Kommandeurs or he was on the regimental staff, depending on the regiment’s organization. Each shoulder board sports "Russian" style rope braid, indicative of major/oberstleutnant/oberst’s shoulder boards. The chevrons on the braid are blue, which confirms their origin in Bavaria. Each shoulder board carries a gilt regimental designation of "8." These boards were definitely worn on a tunic. You can see how they slope to match a shoulder. The backing is red. The boards have their slip-on attachments rather than having been sewn onto a tunic. $475.00

 

 

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23-254 XWB PAIR OF MAJOR SHOULDER BOARDS - BAVARIA. This is a consignment item. It is a pair of major’s shoulder boards from the Bavarian Army. You can clearly see the blue chevrons on the silver bullion rope, indicating Bavaria. The shoulder boards have no backing, so we cannot determine from which branch of the Army they originated. They also have no regimental chevrons. They are of the sewn-in variety. They have the original manufacturer label. They are bargain-priced. $150.00

 

 

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Oldenburg

 

23-421 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 91 OR DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 19 MAJOR’S M-1915 SHOULDER BOARDS - OLDENBURG. This is a wonderful pair of Major’s M-1915  shoulder boards from the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg’s Infanterie-Regiment Nr 91 or Dragoner-Regiment Nr 19.  The shoulder boards feature a large royal Oldenburg Crown above the cypher “P,” for Peter I.  The shoulder boards’ underlays are light-blue. The boards measure 1 3/4” x 4 1/4.” These shoulder boards are in top condition. $595.00

 

 

 

 

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Prussia

 

23-75  INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 14 MAJOR'S EPAULETTES WITH ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - PRUSSIA. This is an excellent pair of dress epaulettes (banjo style) for a Major who served in Infanterie-Regiment Graf Schwerin (3. Pommersches) Nr 14. The regiment was raised in 1813. It was garrisoned at Bromberg, where it was assigned to the II. Armeekorps. As a Major, the original owner would have been either a battalion commander or perhaps on regimental staff. Each of these massive epaulettes has a white background that is somewhat faded from age. Each displays the regiment’s number in gilt. Some light moth tracking shows on one of the epaulettes. This is in no way detractive to their overall presentation. As these are very large epaulettes, the storage carton is far deeper than those we see for a Leutnant/Oberleutnant/Hauptman's epaulettes. The epaulettes are neatly secured in the carton with a ribbon. It is grand pair of epaulettes for a well-known regiment. IR Nr 14 had a wonderful record, beginning with the Napoleonic Wars, that extended into the Franco-Prussian War and later, WW I. You should not pass this chance to own a bit of their history. $875.00 

 

 

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23-104 PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A MAJOR IN INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 40 - PRUSSIA. This is a very fine pair of shoulder boards for a major who served in Füsilier-Regiment Fürst Karl-Anton von Hohenzollern (Hohenzollernisches) Nr 40. This regiment was raised in 1818 and garrisoned in Rastatt. Prior to the outbreak of WW I, this regiment was assigned to the XIV. Armeekorps. As a major of the regiment, this man probably commanded a battalion, or could have been a regimental staff officer. The shoulder boards measure 5 1/2" x 2 1/4." They are massive. Each shoulder board bears the number "40" for the regiment. They are of the slip-on variety. $250.00

 

 

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23-305 PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A MAJOR - Kavallerie REGIMENT. This is a pair of a major’s shoulder boards from a Kavallerie regiment (probably a Dragoner-Regiment). The shoulder boards do NOT have royal cyphers or regimental numbers. It indicates they were unused, and had not yet had the owner’s relevant cyphers attached. This leaves you with the option of converting them, if you have a tunic that needs shoulder boards, or you can add them to your collection as a curiosity. The shoulder boards measure 4" x 1 3/4." They are certainly Prussian. A yellow underlay trims the shoulder board-proper. It can be seen from above as well as from below.  $350.00

 

 

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23-377 HEAVY-ARTILLERIE REGIMENT MAJOR’S SHOULDER BOARDS - PRUSSIA. This is a pair of Heavy-Artillerie Regiment Major’s shoulder boards. They sport silver rope bullion with black chevrons, indicating that they are from Prussia. A yellow underlay extends beyond the bullion. This etches a fine yellow outline around the entire shoulder board. Each shoulder board is of the slip-on variety. It easily slipped onto a tunic’s mounts in a matter of seconds. They are in top condition. $295.00

 

 

 

 

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Saxony

 

23-234 PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS - MAJOR - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 103 - SAXONY. This is a pair of major’s shoulder boards from Saxony’s Königl Sächs. 4. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 103. The regiment was raised in 1709. It was garrisoned at Bautzen, where is was attached to the XII. ArmeeKorps. As a major, this man was either one of the three Battalion Kommandeurs or he was on the regimental staff, depending on the regiment’s organization. Each shoulder board sports "Russian" style rope braid, indicative of major/oberstleutnant/oberst’s shoulder boards. The chevrons on the braid are green, which confirms their origin in Saxony. Each shoulder board carries a gilt regimental designation of "103." The shoulder boards are quite large, measuring 5 3/4" x 2." The backing is red. The boards have slip-on, Saxon-style attachments, rather than having been sewn onto the tunic. $475.00  

 

 

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23-376 PAIR OF MAJOR M-1915 SHOULDER BOARDS FOR BEZERKSKOMMANDO Nr 19 - SAXONY. This is a very attractive pair of major’s shoulder boards from the Kingdom of Saxony’s Bezerkskommando Nr 19. A Bezerkskommando District combined reserve functions with a recruiting district. These districts were located all over Germany, coordinating the efforts of the Landwehr (Reserves) and recruiting officers, posts, and so on. These shoulder boards are the always popular M-1915 variety that was worn on any number of feldgrau tunics (the M-1910, the M-1915, the M-1915 Litewka, etc.). The braids are subdued rather than the bullion found on prewar shoulder boards. Green and white chevrons marking the braids confirm their Saxon origin.
Each shoulder board displays a silver button with a crown. Its reverse sports a white underlay. We also note that these are of the slip-on variety, which was quite common on shoulder boards at a major’s rank and above. They are very exciting shoulder boards that we are happy to share with you. $350.00

 

 

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Württemberg

 

23-276 PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A MAJOR - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 124 - WÜRTTEMBERG. This is a pair of major’s shoulder boards from Infanterie-Regiment König Wilhelm I (6.Württ.) Nr 124. The regiment was raised in 1673. It was garrisoned at Weingarten, where it was assigned to the Württemberg XIII. ArmeeKorps. The shoulder boards are quite large. Each one measures 5 1/2" x 2 1/2." They are made of silver bullion. You will see red/black chevrons on the rope-like bullion, Württemberg’s colors. Mounted in the center of each shoulder board is a crown and König Wilhelm I’s royal cypher. A gilt button is attached to each shoulder board. Red felt backing appears on the reverse, as do the sliders that allow the shoulder boards to be slipped onto a tunic. [One shoulder board has some small problem areas that I will highlight in the attached photographs]. They remain very attractive shoulder boards. They are priced accordingly for an officer of this level, from a well-known regiment that had a history of more than two-hundred-years before WW I began. $675.00

 

 

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23-354 PAIR OF GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 123 OR ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 19 MAJOR’S SHOULDER BOARDS - WÜRTTEMBERG. This is a pair of major’s shoulder boards from either of two elite Württemberg Army regiments, Ulanen-Regiment Nr 19 or Grenadier-Regiment Nr 123. In any case, the man was a battalion commander. The shoulder boards are in excellent condition. $595.00

 

 

 

 

 

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Rittmeister & Hauptmann

 

Prussia

 

23-342 PAIR OF HAUPTMANN EPAULETTES IN ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 7 - PRUSSIA. This is a fine pair of hauptmann’s epaulettes from 1. Westfälisches Pionier-Battalion Nr 7. The unit was founded in 1816. It was garrisoned at Koln (Cologne), where it was attached to the VII. Armeekorps. The obverse’s felt surface is red, with a gilt Nr 7 and twin gilt pips indicating a hauptmann’s rank. The metal frame, "crescent moon," is a highly tarnished silver. [I just love the patina, which has not been cleaned in decades. I strongly urge the new owner to leave these as they are and to resist the urge to polish them]! The epaulettes’ reverse is also covered in red felt. We see four moth nips on each epaulette. The epaulettes are housed in their original storage box, which is always a plus. In the box we find the original tissue paper, which helped to preserve them for more than one-hundred-years. The one other small fault we find is that the storage box’s lid has separated. $495.00

 

 

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23-288 PAIR OF HAUPTMANN EPAULETTES - Artillerie-REGIMENT Nr 56 - STORAGE BOX - PRUSSIA. This is a pair of hauptmann’s epaulettes. He was a Batterie Commander of 2. Posensches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 56. The regiment was founded in 1899. It was garrisoned at Lissa, where it was attached to the V. ArmeeKorps. These epaulettes feature a yellow background (the fabric is quite faded - more of the original yellow shade appears up by the buttonholes) and a gilt metal moon. On the obverse’s yellow background, we see a hauptmann’s twin gilt pips, as well as a gilt flaming bomb and the regimental number. The lining on the reverse is in red. The epaulettes are housed in one half of the original storage box. The top half is missing. The box's bottom half shows some damage and is structurally weak. The regiment was only in existence for nineteen years (1899-1918), so we will not see many epaulettes from this regiment available. $595.00

 

 

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23-295 PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A HAUPTMANN - FÜSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 35 - PRUSSIA. This is a pair of hauptmann’s shoulder boards from Füsilier-Regiment Prinz Heinrich von Preußen (Brandenburgisches) Nr 35. This is one of the elite regiments in the German army in which Prinz Heinrich served as the Regimental Chef. These shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety. It is clear that they have been removed from a tunic at some point. Each of the shoulder boards sports the gilt regimental number and a hauptmann’s twin, gilt pips. $250.00

 

 

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23-400 FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 81 HAUPTMANN’S SHOULDER BOARDS - PRUSSIA. This is a pair of hauptmann’s shoulder boards from Thorner Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 81. The regiment was raised in 1912as one of the final five (old-line) Prussian Feldartillerie Regiments that were created before WW I . The regiment was garrisoned at Thorn and assigned to the XVII. Armeekorps.
The shoulder boards are of the sewn-in rather than the slip-on variety. They also feature the pre war pattern rather than M-1915 feldgrau. Each shoulder board sports the gilt Feldartillerie flaming bomb and the "81" regimental designation. Each shoulder board displays two pips for the rank, although some differences exist between the two shoulder boards’ pip sizes. The reverse is covered in yellow felt. [Please keep in mind that this regiment was in existence for a very short time. Their history was only from 1912 through 1918, so relatively few officers served in the regiment. The end result means fewer of their shoulder boards are available]. We obtained these at a very attractive price that we are happy to share with you. $150.00

 

 

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23-268 SINGLE RITTMEISTER SHOULDER BOARD - DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 15 - PRUSSIA. This is a single rittmeister’s shoulder board from 3. Schlesisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 15. The regiment was formed in 1866. It was garrisoned at Hagenau, where it was attached to the XV. ArmeeKorps. The shoulder board is more narrow than most Infanterie or Artillerie shoulder boards. It measures 4 3/4" x 1 1/8." It has the regimental number in gilt, as well as the twin pips of a rittmeister, also in gilt. It has an old tag attached to it. It appears that it came from an old French collection. The shoulder board has a red backing. It is in very fine condition, overall. $175.00

 

 

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Saxony

 

23-152  PAIR OF EPAULETTES - HAUPTMANN - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 12 - SAXONY. This is an extremely fine pair of epaulettes (banjo boards) for a hauptmann commanding a kompagnie. Each epaulette sports a hauptmann’s double pips, along with the regimental designation "12," for Königl Sächs 12 Infanterie-Regiment Nr 177. It was one of the final Saxon regiments created (three others were created in 1897 and one more in 1912). This regiment was one of those created in 1897. It was garrisoned in Dresden, where it was attached to the XII. Armeekorps. Each epaulette features a gilt button. The epaulettes are the slip-on variety. The obverse is silver with gilt pips, the regimental number and a red backing. Their condition is quite pleasing, with a fine patina. $475.00 

 

 

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23-150 PAIR OF EPAULETTES FOR A HAUPTMANN - SCHÜTZEN-REGIMENT Nr 108 - SAXONY. This is a pair of epaulettes (banjo boards) for a hauptmann. Each of the epaulettes has a hauptmann’s double pips along with the regimental designation ("108"). This pair of epaulettes was for a Kompagnie Commander in Königl Sächs Schützen-(Fusilier) Regiment Prinz Georg Nr 108. The regiment was created in 1809 and garrisoned in Dresden. It was attached to the XII. Armeekorps. This was a very elite regiment. As a Schützen-Regiment they wore shakos instead of pickelhauben. Each of the epaulettes displays a gilt button. They are of the slip-on variety, with a red backing. The backing of one epaulette shows extreme wear. Some of the red wool backing material has disintegrated and the stuffing is visible. In spite of this fault, the obverse of the epaulettes remains in solid condition. The exception is one nip on the epaulette that has the previously described damage. $350.00 

 

 

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23-158 PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A HAUPTMANN - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 104 - SAX0NY. This is a pair of hauptmann’s shoulder boards from Königl. Sächs 5. Infanterie-Regiment Kronprinz Nr 104, in good condition. This regiment was established in 1701 and garrisoned at Chemnitz. The regiment was attached to the XIX. Armeekorps. These are suitable for use on a feldgrau uniform or for a shoulder board collection. Each of the shoulder boards has a hauptmann’s double pips, as well as the royal cypher of the Regimental Chef, the Crown Prince. In addition, each of the shoulder boards sports a crowned button. The shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety, with red backing. $395.00

 

 

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Baden

 

23-171 PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A HAUPTMANN - FELDARTILLERIE REGIMENT Nr 14 - BADEN. This is a pair of M-1915 hauptmann’s shoulder boards from Feldartillerie-Regiment Großherzog (1. Badisches) Nr 14. It was the first of the Artillerie regiments from the Grand Duchy of Baden. The regiment was founded in 1850. It was garrisoned at Karlsruhe, where it was attached to the XIV. Armeekorps. Each of the shoulder boards has a "14," a flaming bomb of the Artillerie, and a hauptmann’s double pips. Prior to the war and the move to the M-1915 boards, this regiment would have shown a Baden crown and no regimental number. The backing of these shoulder boards is red. They are in very fine condition. $250.00

 

 

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Bavaria

 

23-194 PAIR OF HAUPTMANN SHOULDER BOARDS - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT - BAVARIA. This is a pair of hauptmann’s shoulder boards from a Bavarian Infanterie-Regiment. We can see Bavaria’s blue chevrons on the boards’ silver bullion. Two pips on each board denote the hauptmann’s rank. The boards’ reverse shows a red underlay. The shoulder boards are of the slip-on variety. Both are in very good condition. $175.00  

 

 

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Hesse-Darmstadt

 

23-198 PAIR OF M-1915 SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A  HAUPTMANN IN AN INFANTERIE- REGIMENT - HESSE-DARMSTADT. This is a pair of M-1915 hauptmann’s shoulder boards from an Infanterie-Regiment from Hesse-Darmstadt. Each shoulder board bears a hauptmann’s double pips. In looking at the shoulder boards’ feldgrau material, we can see the red and white chevrons which indicate that they come from the Grand Duchy of Hessen. These shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety. They have white backing on the reverse. $225.00  

 

 

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Oberleutnant

 

Saxony

 

23-159 PAIR OF OBERLEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 104 - SAX0NY. This is a pair of oberleutnant’s shoulder boards from Königl. Sächs 5. Infanterie-Regiment Kronprinz Nr 104, in good condition. The regiment was established in 1701 and garrisoned at Chemnitz. The regiment was attached to the XIX. Armeekorps. These are suitable for use on a feldgrau uniform or for a shoulder board collection. Each of the shoulder boards has an oberleutnant’s single pip as well as the royal cypher of the Regimental Chef, the Crown Prince. The shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety, with red backing. $350.00

 

 

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Prussia

 

23-413 MEDICAL OBERARTZES (OBERLEUTNANT’S) EPAULETTES IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON - PRUSSIA. This is a fine pair of Prussian Oberartzes’ (assistant medical director and the equivalent of an oberleutnant) epaulettes. They come in their ORIGINAL storage carton.  The epaulettes are in amazing condition.  They are for a medical doctor in a rank equivalent to that of an oberleutnant. The epaulettes feature  a gilt-metal moon trim.  Their purple velvet surface displays the gilt caduceus that is emblematic of the medical profession, and a single gilt pip. The latter’s fire gilding is amazing.  The epaulette’s reverse is covered with red felt. One epaulette has two small moth nips on it.
The storage box is in top condition as well.  The military effects firm’s name that sold these epaulettes appears inside the upper lid. The firm’s name is Schröder & Fränkel, which was located in Karlsruhe, the Grand Duchy of Baden’s capital.  Baden’s twin Griffins appear in the stamp’s center, along with the firm’s information.
This is a  high-quality pair of epaulettes that are in superb condition.  They would make an ideal addition to a shoulder board/epaulette collection, or added to an appropriate tunic. $395.00 

 

 

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23-412 Prussian Grenadier Regiment Nr 1 Oberleutnant's Shoulder Boards. This is a pair of Grenadier-Regiment Kronprinz (1. Ostpreuß.) Nr 1 oberleutnant’s shoulder boards. The elite regiment was founded in 1655. It was garrisoned at Königsberg I. Pr., where it was attached to the I. Armeekorps. These shoulder boards bear an oberleutnant’s single pip, along with the regimental designation “1.” Their reverses have a white underlay. Of the slip-on variety, they remain in very fine condition. $195.00

 

 

 

 

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23-372 BEZERKSKOMMANDO Nr 35 OBERLEUTNANT’S EPAULETTES - PRUSSIA. This pair of oberleutnant’s epaulettes is from Prussian Bezerkskommando Nr 35. [A Bezerkskommando was a combination of a reserve district and a recruit depot for incoming army soldiers. The districts were scattered all over Germany, and District 35 was based in Prussia]. The epaulettes feature a gold moon. Within the moon’s borders is a white/creme-colored facing. Mounted to that is a large gilt "35" and an oberleutnant’s single gilt pip.
The epaulette’s reverse is covered with red felt. With the exception of some discoloring on the obverse due to age and minor soiling, the epaulettes are in exceptional condition. $395.00

 

 

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23-373 SINGLE INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 77 OBERLEUTNANT EPAULETTE - PRUSSIA. This is a single oberleutnant’s epaulette from 2. Hannoversches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 77. The originally Hanoverian regiment was founded in 1813. It was garrisoned at Celle and attached to the X. Armeekorps. The regiment was one of several from the Kingdom of Hannover’s Army that fought with Wellington and Blucher at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. For participating in this epic battle, regiment members were allowed to wear "Waterloo" bandeaux on their pickelhauben.
The epaulette features a gold moon, with a white felt upper covering. The covering displays a gilt "77" and an oberleutnant’s single gilt pip. Its reverse has a red felt backing. Aside from some minor soiling, the epaulette is in very fine condition. $125.00

 

 

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23-167 PAIR OF  SHOULDER BOARDS FOR AN OBERLEUTNANT - ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 48 - SAXONY. This is a pair of oberleutnant’s shoulder boards from Artillerie-Regiment Nr 48. These shoulder boards were in use prior to 1900. Each displays an oberleutnant’s single pip, and the flaming bomb of the Feldartillerie. In addition, each shoulder board sports a plain brass button. They are of the slip-on design, with a red backing. $395.00    

 

 

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23-218 PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR AN OBERLEUTNANT - GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 7 - PRUSSIA. This is a pair of shoulder boards for an Oberleutnant who was assigned to Grenadier-Regiment König Wilhelm I. (2. Westpreußisches) Nr 7. This regiment was raised in 1797 (the birth year of König and later Kaiser Wilhelm I) and was garrisoned in Liegnitz where it was assigned to V. Armeekorps. These shoulder boards which are of the sew in variety bear the gilt toned crowned cypher of Wilhelm I who was the Grandfather of Kaiser Wilhelm II. There is also a single gilt toned pip for the rank of Oberleutnant. The shoulder boards have a white backing and are in top condition. $250.00

 

 

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Leutnant

 

Prussia

 

23-338 PAIR OF LEUTNANT EPAULETTES - KÖNIGIN AUGUSTA GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 4 IN STORAGE BOX - PRUSSIA. We are always pleased to offer you high-quality epaulettes. Today, we feel that we have really hit the mark. Our offering is a very fine pair of leutnant’s epaulettes from Königin Augusta Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 4. The regiment was formed in 1860. It was garrisoned in Berlin and attached to the GardeKorps. The epaulettes sport gilt trim. Within it we see Königin Augusta’s large, gilt, crowned royal cypher. It is mounted on a light-blue background. The epaulettes’ backing is red. A black stamp on the red backing material is for either the manufacturer or uniform effects house that originally sold the epaulettes. They are housed in a storage box that has kept them in excellent condition for more than one-hundred-years. $850.00

 

 

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23-287 PAIR OF LEUTNANT EPAULETTES - 5. GARDE-REGIMENT zu FUß - PRUSSIA. This is a marvelous pair of leutnant’s epaulettes from 5. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. The regiment was founded in 1897. It was garrisoned in Spandau, where it was attached to the Garde-Korps. The regiment, along with 5. Garde-Grenadier-Regiment, was one of the final two Garde Infanterie regiments founded. They were also in existence the shortest length of time (twenty-one years). You can sense how few officers ever wore these epaulettes in comparison to some of the longer-established regiments. The background on the obverse is white. The moonlike trim is silver. Eleven assorted Garde Infanterie regiments were in existence and only three boasted this silver trim. The other eight wore gilt. The bullion tape on the epaulettes’ tongues is also silver, with black trim. The epaulettes’ reverse is lined in red. Some mothing appears on the reverse of one epaulette, and some staining shows on the reverse of both. These are very rare. $750.00

 

 

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23-312 PAIR OF LEUTNANT EPAULETTES - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 67 - PRUSSIA. This is a pair of leutnant’s epaulettes from 4. Magdeburgisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 67. The regiment was founded in 1860 and garrisoned at Metz. It was attached to the XVI. ArmeeKorps. The Prussian regiment saw action in the 1864 Danish-Prussian War, the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, and WW I. The epaulettes have tarnished gilt moons around their edges. The felt’s interior color is yellow. Brass "67" designations for the regiment appear on the yellow material. The epaulette’s reverse is covered in red felt. Their overall condition is quite pleasing. $250.00

 

 

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23-183 PAIR OF LEUTNANT EPAULETTES IN PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 6. - PRUSSIA. This is an excellent pair of dress (banjo style) epaulettes from Schlesisches Pionier-Battalion Nr 6. This was a Prussian unit that was formed in 1816. It was garrisoned at Nieße, where it was assigned to the VI. Armeekorps. These epaulettes are markedly smaller than most, measuring 5" x 3 ½." Their trim is silver, and their battalion number is gilt. The material on the obverse and reverse is red and flawless. This is an absolutely superb pair of epaulettes. They are the first I have encountered from this battalion. $475.00 

 

 

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23-178 PAIR OF LEUTNANT EPAULETTES IN GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 12 - PRUSSIA. This is a pair of leutnant dress (banjo style) epaulettes from Grenadier-Regiment Prinz Carl von Preußen (2. Brandenburgisches) Nr 12. The regiment was founded in 1813 and garrisoned at Frankfurt a. O. The regiment was assigned to the III. Armeekorps. The epaulettes sport gilt trim and gilt numerals on a red background. The reverse of the epaulettes is also red. It shows evidence of both a moth nip and some moth tracking. $275.00 

 

 

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23-371 PAIR OF ARMY LUFTSCHIFFER BATTALION LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - PRUSSIA. This pair of leutnant’s feldgrau (M-1915) shoulder boards hail from a Prussian Luftschiffer Battalion. They are of the sewn-in shoulder board variety, a common style among junior officers. Feldgrau Luftschiffer devices are attached to the unnumbered shoulder boards’ centers. Both reverses reveal yellow fabric underlays. The shoulder boards are in amazing condition, yet show honest age. $695.00

 

 

 

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23-409 3. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß LEUTNANT’S SHOULDER BOARDS. This is a pair of 3. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß leutnant’s shoulder boards. The regiment was founded in 1860. It was garrisoned in Berlin and attached to the Gardekorps. The shoulder boards measure 4 1/4" x 2 1/8." They are of the slip-on variety, which is quite unusual for a leutnant. More commonly, they wore sewn-in shoulder boards. The boards sport a yellow underlay that protrudes beyond their edges. They are in excellent condition. $295.00

 

 

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23-330 PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - 5. GARDE-REGIMENT zu FUß - PRUSSIA. This is a fine pair of leutnant’s shoulder boards from 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. These shoulder boards have no cypher. The backing is white. They are of the sewn-in variety, which was typical of junior officers. They are top condition. $595.00


 

 

 

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23-278 PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - KURAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 6 - PRUSSIA. This is a first-rate pair of leutnant’s shoulder boards from Küraßier-Regiment Kaiser Nikolaus I. von Rußland (Brandenburgisches) Nr 6. It was the second-oldest of the Küraßier-Regiments, founded in1691. It was garrisoned at Brandenburg a.H., and assigned to the III. ArmeeKorps. The shoulder boards are of the sewn-in design (typical for junior officers). Each measures 4 1/4" x 2." They have Tsar Nikolaus of Russia’s royal cypher in gilt, with a Romanov Crown above the cypher. The shoulder boards have a white underlay surrounding a further inner blue underlay that acts as extra framing. They are handsomely-toned and in very fine condition. $850.00

 

 

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23-263 PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 4 - PRUSSIA. This is a pair of leutnant’s shoulder boards from Grenadier-Regiment König Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1.Pommersches) Nr 2. The regiment was raised in 1679. It was garrisoned at Stettin where it was assigned to the II. ArmeeKorps. The shoulder boards each carry König Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s gilt crowned cypher. The shoulder boards are of the slip-on variety. (This is a bit unusual for an officer of such a low rank). They have a white backing. They show honest wear. $275.00

 

 

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23-357 LEUTNANT'S FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 15 SHOULDER BOARDS - PRUSSIA. This is a pair of leutnant’s shoulder boards from 1. Ober=Elsässisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 15. The regiment was founded shortly after the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussia War. Battalions Nr 1 and Nr 3 were garrisoned at Saarburg, while Battalion Nr 2 was based at Mörchingen. The regiment was assigned to the XXI. Armeekorps.
The shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety. Each board has the regimental number (15). As it was a heavy Artillerie regiment, it sported crossed cannons rather than the flaming bomb device. They are in average condition, with a yellow underlay. $95.00

 

 

 

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23-54 PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS OF A LEUTNANT IN A JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT - PRUSSIA. These shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety. They are for a leutnant who served in a Jäger zu Pferde Regiment. These shoulder boards would date from about 1910-1918. The boards have a double lining, which would be red and green. They are in excellent condition. $250.00.

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23-301 PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - HEAVY Artillerie REGIMENT - PRUSSIA. These shoulder boards are of the pre WW I variety. They are for a leutnant. A pair of gilt, crossed cannon tubes have been attached to the shoulder boards. Yellow fabric trims its edge and also serves for the backing. These shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety. They are in very fine condition. $195.00

 

 

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23-313 PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 75 - PRUSSIA. This is a pair of leutnant’s shoulder boards from Infanterie-Regiment Nr 75. Each shoulder board measures 3 3/4" x 1 1/4." These shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety. The regimental designation can be seen on each of the shoulder boards. Their underlay is white. Some mothing is visible on the reverse of both boards. $225.00

 

 

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23-242 PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - TRAIN-BATTALION Nr 26 - PRUSSIA. This is a pair of leutnant’s shoulder boards from Train-Battalion Nr 26. The unit was one created after 1912 during the mobilization for, and shortly after the beginning of, WW I. These shoulder boards are quite different from more conventional shoulder boards. They are similar in size to those used on Hussar’s attilas. The obverse also displays the unit designation, "26." Each shoulder board measures 4 3/4" x 1." They are of the slip-on variety. Each has a blue backing. $175.00 

 

 

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23-137 PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A LEUTNANT  - GARDE-FUßARTILLERIE-REGIMENT - PRUSSIA. This is a pair of shoulder boards for a leutnant from the Garde-Fußartillerie-Regiment. This regiment was garrisoned at Spandau (a suburb of Berlin) and raised in 1865. In the German army had two types of Artillerie. They were Feld (Field) and Fuß (Foot). Fußartillerie was, with one exception, a late creation, with most of its regiments created after 1864. It was by far the smaller of the two types. Prior to WW I only eighteen Prussian Fußartillerie-Regiments existed. This pair of shoulder boards is of the sewn-in variety, which was more common with junior officers (what the U.S. Army considered "Company Grade Officers"). Each features black threads in the silver bullion, confirming that these are for a Prussian Regiment. Furthermore, the underlay is yellow. The latter, along with the lack of a regimental number, confirms that this is for the Garde-Fußartillerie-Regiment. A pair of crossed cannon shells on each board confirms that these are Fußartillerie-Regiment, instead of Feldartillerie-Regiment. They are in excellent condition. $175.00 

 

 

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23-107 PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A LEUTNANT IN ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 51 - PRUSSIA. This is a pair of shoulder boards for a leutnant who served in 2. Ober-Elsässiches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 51. This was one of the last prewar regiments which was raised and created in 1899. It was garrisoned in Straßburg I.e. They are of the sewn-in variety. Each bears the flaming bomb of the Artillerie and the numerals "51." This was a Prussian regiment. The shoulder boards have been removed from a tunic and have been worn. $125.00

 

 

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23-193 PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 40 - PRUSSIA. This is a pair of leutnant’s shoulder boards from Infanterie-Regiment Nr 40. Each shoulder board bears a gilt"40." The underlay is white. The shoulder boards are of the slip-on variety.  The shoulder boards are in very fine condition. $150.00  

 

 

 

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23-267 PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT OR DRAGONER-REGIMENT - PRUSSIA. This is a pair of leutnant’s shoulder boards who might have been assigned to an Artillerie-Regiment or possibly a Dragoner-Regiment. No numbers for a regiment appear, but the shoulder boards have a yellow underlay. They are in very fine condition. $150.00

 

 

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23-362 SINGLE FUßARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 6 LEUTNANT’S SHOULDER BOARD - PRUSSIA. This is a single leutnant’s shoulder board for Fußartillerie-Regiment von Dieskau (Schlesisches) Nr 6. The regiment was founded in 1865. It was garrisoned at Neiße-Glogau and attached to the VI. Armeekorps. The shoulder board measures 2" x 4 3/8." The black chevrons embedded in the silver bullion material confirm it is a Prussian regiment. Also appearing on the board are gilt-crossed heavy-caliber cannons, along with the regimental number "6." 
The shoulder board has an excellent dark-yellow underlay. As the board is a slip-on, it has the necessary attachment. The shoulder board is an excellent example and is ready for any collection. $110.00
 

 

 

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23-363 SINGLE FUßARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 3 LEUTNANT’S SHOULDER BOARD - PRUSSIA. This is a single leutnant’s shoulder board from Fußartillerie-Regiment General-Feldzug (Brandenburgisches) Nr 3. The regiment was founded in1864. It was garrisoned in Mainz and assigned to the XVIII. Armeekorps. The shoulder board measures 1 7/8" x 4 1/4." The black chevrons embedded in the silver bullion material confirm it is a Prussian regiment. Also appearing on the board are gilt-crossed heavy-caliber cannons, along with the regimental number "3." 
The shoulder board has an excellent light-yellow underlay. As the board is a slip-on, it has the necessary attachment. The shoulder board is an excellent example and is ready for any collection. $110.00

 

 

 

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Bavaria

 

23-360 XDG PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS AND EPAULETTES IN ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 3 OR FELDARTILLERIE REGIMENT Nr 3 - BAVARIA. This is a consignment item. Today we are offering a wonderful group of leutnant’s epaulettes and shoulder boards from one of two regiments in the Bavarian Army. The first unit is 3. Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Karl von Bayern. This regiment was the second-oldest Infanterie regiment in the Bavarian Army. It was founded in 1698. It was garrisoned at Augsburg and attached to the Bavarian I. Armeekorps. As you will note below, each shoulder board and epaulette displays a gilt "3" on it. Before 1898, the regiment displayed the numbers on the epaulettes and shoulder boards. AFTER 1898 (and until the Bavarian Kingdom's end in 1918) the shoulder boards and epaulettes featured Prinz Karl's royal cypher. The other possibility for these was 3. Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinz Leopold. This regiment was founded in 1848. It was garrisoned at Grafenwöhr, and assigned to the III. Bavarian Armeekorps.
[I felt it was essential to share this information with you. If the shoulder boards and epaulettes are pre 1898, then they are correct for 3. Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Karl von Bayern. The consignor received these items from the late, noted author Neal O' Connor. Mr. O'Connor was one of the nicest people that I met in this hobby. He was a leader of the "League of WW I Aviation Historians." His work did a lot to advance the study of WW I aviation in particular, and WW I in general. He also was the author of one of the most amazing series on WW I aviation ever printed. The series consisted of SEVEN books that dealt with the men and the kingdoms and states from which they came. He wrote extensively about the aviators from each given state. He then listed those kingdoms/states' different orders and decorations. Due to his international connections, Neal could access material that most of us can only dream about. He passed away several years ago and donated his entire collection to a new museum that had opened in Berlin.  I urge you to find his books where you can and read them.  You will be astounded by what they contain. The materials that we describe below were a gift from Neal to his good friend, also a mover and shaker in the "League." The man who entrusted the items to us is extremely modest, and asked that we not say a great deal about him. When Neal gave our consignor these wonderful items, HE specifically said they were from 3. Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Karl von Bayern, so we thought a brief explanation was in order].
The epaulettes feature a gilt-toned crescent with a large, gilt "3" on a red felt background. We also see a gilt button. The tongue attachment is embroidered in gold and blue. The epaulettes’ reverse are also covered in red and have a black clip with which to attach them to the tunic. It would be a very quick and easy operation to perform. The epaulettes’ condition is excellent, right at mint, in fact.
The shoulder boards are a bit longer than those normally seen. They measure 1 3/8" x 5 1/4." You can also see the blue chevrons on the shoulder boards, along with the gilt "3" again. On the reverse we see a strap that makes these slip-on rather than sewn-in shoulder boards. This is a bit unusual for such a junior rank. More often than not we see the boards sewn-in to the tunic at this rank.
The shoulder boards and epaulettes are housed in the traditional storage carton. It has helped the contents remain in the mint condition that they enjoy today. I seriously doubt if they were worn that much. For more than one-hundred-years, these items have had the best of care. $650.00

 

 

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23-308 PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 1 - BAVARIA. Today we are offering a pair of leutnant’s shoulder boards from 1. Ulanen-Regiment Kaiser Wilhelm II, König von Preußen. The regiment was founded in 1863. It was garrisoned in Bamberg and attached to the Bavarian II. ArmeeKorps. Each shoulder board measures 6" x 1 1/2." They have silver bullion tape that runs down the center. The underlay is a distinctive crimson, which also serves as trim around the silver bullion tape. Both shoulder boards are of the slip-on variety. Each shoulder board has a strap in green underneath to place on a tunic. Some light mothing appears on one of the board’s underlay. The obverse of each shoulder board rates very fine. $295.00

 

 

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Saxony

 

23-156 PAIR OF LEUTNANT EPAULETTES IN INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 103 - SAXONY. This is an attractive pair of leutnant’s dress epaulettes, (commonly known as "banjo boards"). Each of the epaulettes sports the regimental designation ("103"), and a gilt button. Some wear is exhibited at the top of one of the epaulettes. They are of the slip-on variety and feature a red backing. The condition is generally pleasing, with a fine patina. $375.00 

 

 

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23-345 PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A LEUTNANT- INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 106 - SAXONY. Here is a pair of leutnant’s shoulder boards from Königl. Sächs. 7. Infanterie-Regiment König Georg Nr 106. This old-line regiment from the Kingdom of Saxony was raised in 1708. It was garrisoned at Leipzig, where it was attached to Saxony’s XIX. Armeekorps. The boards measure 1 1/4" x 5 1/4." Each shoulder board bears König Georg of Saxony’s gilt-toned, crowned, royal cypher. If you look closely at the silver toned bullion’s chevrons, you will note Saxony’s characteristic green color rather than Prussia’s black or Bavaria’s blue. The shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety, which was quite common for junior officers. Each also has a gilt button attached. Their reverse underlays are red. Their overall condition is excellent. $395.00

 

 

 

 

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23-172 PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 12 - SAXONY. This is a pair of leutnant’s shoulder boards from Königl. Sächs 12. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 177. This was among the last of the Saxon regiments raised prior to WW I, and still considered an "old-time" regiment. The regiment was established in 1897. It was garrisoned in the capital city of Dresden, where it was assigned to the XII. Armeekorps. They measure 5 1/4" x 1 1/4," and are narrow like a Grenadier’s shoulder boards. These shoulder boards date prior to 1900. Thus they were used when the regiment was first established. Each features the regimental designation "12." They are of the slip-on variety. They display some minor moth nips in the red trim on the obverse. $175.00 

 

 

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23-202 PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A LEUTNANT IN KÖNIGL SÄCHS. KARBINER REGIMENT (2. SCHWERES-REGIMENT) - SAXONY. This is a pair of leutnant’s shoulder boards from Königl. Sächs. Karbiner-Regiment (2. Schweres-Regiment). The regiment was founded in1849. It was garrisoned at Borna, where it was attached to the XIX. Armeekorps. Interestingly, this regiment was considered heavy Kavallerie, and a sister regiment (a much younger sister regiment, mind you) of the Garde-Reiter-Regiment (GRR). They wore a metal lobster tail helmet similar to the GRR, but did NOT wear a lion during parades (although the GRR did not wear the Lion, either, until 1907). They wore a white bush instead. The shoulder boards are silver bullion, with Saxony’s green chevrons. They have a double underlay. The first underlay, which is closest to the shoulder board, is red. The second, which is on the outside, and serves as the reverse’s backing, is a gorgeous black velvet. They also are of the slip-on variety, and are in excellent condition. $295.00  

 

 

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Württemberg

 

23-130 PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 49 - WÜRTTEMBERG. This is a pair of shoulder boards for a leutnant from 3. Württembergisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 49. This was a Württemberg regiment created in the final big call-up of the old-line regiments in 1899. It was garrisoned at Ulm and assigned to the XIII. Armeekorps. These shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety. They have been removed from a tunic. They are slightly mismatched. The "9" on the "49" varies slightly, and the flaming bombs somewhat different in size. $125.00  

 

 

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Mecklenburg-Schwerin

 

23-323 PAIR OF LEUTNANT EPAULETTES - FUSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 90 - MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN. This is a fine pair of leutnant’s epaulettes from Großherzogl. Mecklenburgisches Füsilier-Regiment Nr 90 Kaiser Wilhelm. The elite regiment was founded in 1788. It had two regiments garrisoned in Rostock and one in Wismar. It was attached to the IX. ArmeeKorps. These date after 1905, as they sport the regimental number rather than Kaiser Wilhelm I’s regimental cypher. A silver moon circles the gilt "90." In turn, the regimental number is mounted to a checkerboard, silver-toned bullion. Each epaulette’s reverse is covered in red felt. While the epaulettes do show some wear, they are in very fine condition. $375.00

 

 

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Hesse-Darmstadt

 

Baden

 

23-259 PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 14 - BADEN. This is a pair of leutnant’s shoulder boards from 1. Badisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 14. It was the Baden Army’s senior Artillerie regiment. It was founded in 1850. It was garrisoned in Karlsruhe, where it was assigned to the XIV. ArmeeKorps. Each of the shoulder boards displays the Artillerie’s flaming bomb, and Baden’s Crown in gilt. Each has red backing and is of the sewn-in variety. Both are in fine condition. $250.00

 

 

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Misc.

 

23-129 PAIR OF OFFICER’S CYPHERS - ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 13 - PRUSSIA. This is a pair of brass cyphers that were added to the shoulder boards of an officer serving in Königs-Ulanen-Regiment (1. Hannoversches) Nr 13. The regiment was raised in 1803 and garrisoned at Hannover. Prior to the beginning of WW I, the regiment was assigned to the X. Armeekorps. [Although considered a Prussian regiment, it originally was one of the elite Hanoverian regiments assimilated into the Prussian Army when that Kingdom was defeated in the 1866 Unification War. The war ended Hannover’s days as an independent Kingdom]. The regiment had a very long, proud history, and saw extensive action with Wellington during the Napoleonic Wars. Eventually, although the regiment retained its Prussian status, the men were allowed to display their previously-earned bandeaux (battle honors) for their participation at the Peninsula, Waterloo, and Garzia-Hernandez. Furthermore, they were granted the honor of wearing Garde Stars on their tschapkas, even though it was not a true Garde regiment. Each of these cyphers measures 1 ½" x 2." They are attached to a shoulder board’s center. They are quite scarce, and make an interesting addition to any collection. $175.00  

 

 

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One Year Volunteers (OYV)

 

Prussia

 

23-428 ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S SINGLE KAISER ALEXANDER GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 1 SHOULDER STRAP - PRUSSIA. This is a single shoulder strap for a man from the One-Year-Volunteer (OYV) program in Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 1. It was considered the second-most-elite Infanterie Regiment after the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. These two regiments were the only two Prussian Army Regiments (after 1897) to wear the mitre for high dress occasions. The regiment was raised in 1814, when its regimental patron was Russia’s Tsar Alexander I. The regiment was garrisoned at Berlin, where it was attached to the Gardekorps.
The OYV shoulder strap is very scarce. The One-Year-Volunteer Program was a special program wherein a man agreed to spend one year in the Army or Navy instead of the required two-year enlistment. In return, the OYV was responsible for all of his military expenses. Instead of drawing his uniforms, headdresses, etc. from government stores, he paid for them, as well as his housing and meals. Typically, such men were from the middle class and their families could afford to pay for the program in return for one less year of service. It was common for these young men to attain the rank of Unteroffizier during that year. Once they went into the reserves, they often attained NCO’s ranks. If called back to the Army, they often received the rank of Leutnant der Reserve. While OYV’s were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and headdresses, they were allowed a certain freedom in what they bought. Pickelhauben, kugelhelme, busbies, tschapkas, etc. were allowed in near-officer configurations. They typically bought their tunics from the same sales stores as did officers. They were of the same higher quality, with the only difference being their shoulder straps.
The difference between an OYV’s and an enlisted man/NCO’s shoulder strap is a black and white rope-like braid that extends around three of its edges. The strap measures 3" x 6." The strap’s background is white, against which a red crown (Russian, for Tsar Alexander), the tsar’s "A" cypher, along with a "1." A small moth nip or two shows on the obverse. The reverse has feldgrau backing, which displays one moth nip. A small gilt button is also present to attach the strap to the tunic. [It was sewn onto the tunic at the other end]. It is a very rare shoulder strap from an elite regiment.
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23-60 PAIR OF SHOULDER STRAPS FOR A ONE YEAR VOLUNTEER IN INFANTERIE- REGIMENT Nr 31 - PRUSSIA. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 31, more formally titled: Infanterie- Regiment Graf Bose 1 Thüringisches Nr 31, was formed in 1812. It was composed primarily of Russian prisoners and/or deserters and known as the "Russian-German Legion." We have a very fine pair of shoulder boards for a One-Year-Volunteer from this regiment. They are of pre WW I quality. I would date them to the period of 1890 to 1910. Each has an embroidered rope-like edge around them, with the numerals "31" in red on a navy blue background. A brass button is also present on each one. They are in excellent condition. $195.00 .

 

 

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Braunschweig

 

23-321 PAIR OF ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER’S SHOULDER STRAPS - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 92 - BRAUNSCHWEIG. This is a pair of shoulder straps that are correct for a One-Year-Volunteer assigned to Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 from the Duchy of Braunschweig. The regiment was formed in 1809 and garrisoned at Braunschweig’s capital city. It was assigned to the X. ArmeeKorps. The straps are blue in color. Each measures 5" x 2 3/8." It sports a crown of high embroidered black material. The straps’ edges have alternating bands of blue and white, Braunschweig’s primary colors. A single moth nip appears on the obverse on one strap. The other has a bit more. Each strap’s reverse is lined in black. They are a very unusual pair of shoulder straps. $495.00

 

 

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Mecklenburg-Schwerin

 

23-355 SINGLE GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 89 ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER’S SHOULDER STRAP - MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN. This is a One-Year-Volunteer’s (OYV) single shoulder strap from Battalion Nr 1 and Battalion Nr 3 in Großherzogl. Mecklenburgisches Grenadier-Regiment Nr 89. The regiment was a combination of troops from Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The regiment was raised in 1782. The two Mecklenburg-Schwerin battalions were both garrisoned at Schwerin. The Mecklenburg-Strelitz troops were garrisoned at Newstrelitz. The regiment was attached to the IX. Armeekorps.
At any given time in a regiment, a limited number of troop members were enlisted in the OYV. These men were required to pay for their own equipment and housing, unlike those under the traditional two-year enlistment for regular troops. Because they provided their own equipment, OYV’s were afforded a certain amount of flexibility with their uniforms and headdresses. As regards the headdresses, for example, they could wear nearly officer’s-level features on their pickelhauben. On their tunics, they wore this special type of shoulder strap, which immediately identified them as OYV program participants.
The shoulder strap is quite large and measures 2 3/4" x 5 3/4." Its background is made of white wool. The regimental cypher is a crowned "FF." This, of course, is for Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s Grand Duke. The arrangement is embroidered in red on the strap’s surface. Around its edge are alternating bands of red, blue, and yellow yarn. The strap has been removed from a tunic. Some soiling can be seen on the white wool’s upper surface. You can see the difference in the white where the button was once placed. At the bottom are two small holes in the material. The strap’s reverse is yellow. It was a very elite German Army Regiment. $195.00 
 

 

 

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Saxe-Weimar

 

23-141 PAIR OF ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER SHOULDER STRAPS - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 94 - SAXE-WEIMAR. This is a pair of shoulder straps for a One-Year-Volunteer (OYV) from Infanterie Großherzog von Sachsen (5. Thüringisches) Nr 94. This was the only Infanterie regiment from the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar. It was established in 1762 and had its three battalions based at three different cities: Weimar, Eisenach, and Jenna. The regiment was assigned to the XI. Armeekorps at the beginning of WW I. The shoulder straps are quite large, measuring 5 3/4" x 2 1/4." They are red with the Grand Duke’s crowned Cypher in yellow. A white and black rope-like trim surrounds three sides of the straps. Each of the straps also has a gilt button in place, with no Kompagnie number. The shoulder straps’ reverse is a dark blue. Some light moth tracking shows on one of the strap’s obverse. One can also see the small holes where they were once sewn to a tunic. Material from an OYV is always hard to find, often harder than from an officer. $325.00 

 

 

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Non Commissioned Officers /Enlisted Men

 

Prussia

 

23-334 PAIR OF ENLISTED MAN/NCO EPAULETTES - ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 13 - PRUSSIA. This is a very fine pair of enlisted man/NCO’s epaulettes from Königs-Ulanen-Regiment (1. Hannoversches) Nr 13. The regiment was raised in 1803. It was garrisoned in Hannover and attached to the X. ArmeeKorps. The regiment was originally from the Kingdom of Hannover. It fought under the Duke of Wellington’s command across the Spanish/Portuguese Peninsula, and in the final battle against Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. The regiment was considered to be the very finest among the Duke’s mounted troops. They fought bravely against Napoleon’s best. Originally a Hanoverian regiment, it was absorbed into the Prussian Army after Hannover was defeated in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Its battle honors were restored by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1897. Known as the "King’s Ulanen Regiment," its men were given the additional honor of wearing a Garde-Star on their tschapkas (as did all Garde-Regiments). The epaulettes feature a silver moon against a white felt background. Attached to that is Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. Twin metal attachments appear on the epaulette’s tongue, which confirms that they are for an enlisted man/NCO. The white material is repeated as the epaulette’s backing. They are in very fine condition and come from a VERY elite Kavallerie Regiment. $895.00

 

 

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23-429 ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S SINGLE KAISER ALEXANDER GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 1 SHOULDER STRAP - PRUSSIA. This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO in Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 1. It was considered the second-most-elite Infanterie Regiment after the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. These two regiments were the only two Prussian Army Regiments (after 1897) to wear the mitre for high dress occasions. The regiment was raised in 1814, when its regimental patron was Russia’s Tsar Alexander I. The regiment was garrisoned at Berlin, where it was attached to the Gardekorps.
The enlisted man/NCO’s shoulder strap is also relatively scarce, and measures 2 ½" x 7 3/4." The strap’s background is white, against which a red crown (Russian, for Tsar Alexander), the tsar’s "A" cypher, along with a "1." A small moth nip appears on the end where the strap was sewn into the tunic. On the strap’s other end is a gilt button displaying the number "1," which meant its owner was assigned to Kompagnie Nr 1, which was often the regiment’s most-elite unit. Its reverse sports a feldgrau backing that displays some minor moth nips. It is a very rare shoulder strap from an elite regiment.
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23-431 SINGLE FELDGRAU FUßARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 7 SHOULDER STRAP - PRUSSIA. This is a single enlisted man/NCO’s Westfälisches Fußartillerie-Regiment Nr 7 shoulder strap. This regiment was raised in Köln in 1864 and assigned to the VII. Armeekorps. The feldgrau shoulder strap is from 1915 through 1918. The shoulder strap measures 2 1/8" x 5." A pair of light metal, crossed cannons on the strap’s front. Below them is a "7" for the regiment. Both are attached at the reverse. A small crowned button also appears on the obverse and attached the strap on one side. Its opposite side reveals a couple of snipped threads from where it was mounted on the tunic’s opposite side. The strap itself is in very fine condition. I see one very small moth nip on both the obverse and reverse. $110.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23-285 PAIR OF NCO/ENLISTED MAN SHOULDER STRAPS - FELDFLIEGER-ABTEILUNG Nr 1. This is an excellent pair of shoulder straps for an enlisted man/NCO, who served from Feldflieger-Abteilung Nr 1. These straps measure 5" x 2." They are a darker-gray, more charcoal than feldgrau. Stitched on each strap are the Fliegertruppen’s red, winged propeller, and a number "1." These are un-issued and in mint condition. $295.00

 

 

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23-395 FELDGRAU ENLISTED MAN’S FÜSILIER–REGIMENT Nr 86 SHOULDER STRAPS - PRUSSIA. This is an enlisted man’s pair of shoulder straps from Füsilier-Regiment Königin (Schleswig-Holsteinisches) Nr 86. These are feldgrau shoulder straps. They are trimmed in white, with the Kaiserin’s royal cypher embroidered in red. The regiment was renamed in 1886 for the Kaiserin. [We have the epaulettes for the new regiment’s first oberst in a deluxe presentation box on our Royalty Merchandise Page (click here to see)].
These shoulder straps are in excellent condition.
$250.00

 

 

 

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23-397 SINGLE ENLISTED MAN’S LUFTSCHIFFER-BATTALION Nr 2 SHOULDER STRAP. This is an enlisted man’s very rare single shoulder strap from Luftschiffer-Battalion Nr 2. It was a Prussian unit and the second of their Luftschiffer battalions formed in 1911.
The stylized "L" for Luftschiffer is embroidered in red. Below that is a red "2." Attached to the shoulder strap is a silver-toned button with the number "1" on it. So, the man belonged to the battalion’s first company. One small moth nip appears in one of the loops of the "L." $450.00

 

 

 

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23-396 SINGLE ENLISTED MAN’S FELDGRAU SHOULDER STRAP - FLIEGER-BATTALION Nr 2. This is a single enlisted man’s shoulder strap. It is feldgrau and bears the Fliegertruppen’s winged propeller. Below that is a "2" for Flieger Battalion Nr 2. The winged propeller and the "2" are embroidered in red on the feldgrau material. There are two moth nips on the material. $295.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23-270 SINGLE ENLISTED MAN SHOULDER STRAP - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 88 - PRUSSIA. This is a single enlisted man shoulder strap from 2. Nassauisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 88. The regiment was founded in 1808. It was garrisoned at Mainz and Hanau, where it was attached to the XVIII. ArmeeKorps. The regiment originally belonged to Nassau. It was absorbed into the Prussian Army after the 1866 Austro-Prussian war. Several German states, including Hannover, Braunschweig, Nassau, and Hesse-Kassel fought on the Austrian side (along with Bavaria, Saxony, and Württemberg). They all were absorbed into Prussia after Germany’s final consolidation war. This war’s outcome cemented Prussia’s dominance. After the 1870/71 Franco-Prussian War, Prussia’s König Wilhelm I was crowned Kaiser Wilhelm I of all Germany. This regiment, along with her sister regiment 1. Nassauisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 87, wore a special bandeau on its pickelhauben, which Kaiser Wilhelm II granted to them around 1897. The former Nassau, Hannover, and Braunschweig regiments all received these bandeaux acknowledging their Napoleonic War service. The shoulder strap is blue and sports a crowned red cypher for Nassau’s former ruler. The shoulder strap has no buttonhole and was never worn on a tunic. Some small moth nips appear around its edges. These are limited on the obverse, but a bit more frequent on the reverse. $125.00

 

 

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23-380 SINGLE ENLISTED MAN’S INFANTERIE–REGIMENT Nr 19 SHOULDER STRAP - PRUSSIA. This is a single enlisted man’s shoulder strap from Infanterie-Regiment von Courbiére (2. Posensches) Nr 19. It was an old-line Prussian regiment that was created during the Napoleonic Wars in 1813. It is black with yellow trim. The regimental number is embroidered in red. A gold button is attached. The shoulder strap is in very fine condition. $75.00

 

 

 

 

 

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23-381 SINGLE ENLISTED MAN’S INFANTERIE–REGIMENT Nr 15 SHOULDER STRAP - PRUSSIA. This is a single enlisted man’s shoulder strap from Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Friedrich der Niederlande (2. Westfälisches) Nr 15. It was an old-line Prussian regiment that was created during the Napoleonic Wars in 1813. It is black with red trim. The regimental number is embroidered in white. The shoulder strap is in fine condition. $75.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23-382 SINGLE ENLISTED MAN’S SHOULDER STRAP - INFANTERIE–REGIMENT Nr 27 - PRUSSIA. This is a single enlisted man’s shoulder strap from Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Louis Ferdinand von Preußen (2. Magdeburgisches) Nr 27. It was an old-line Prussian regiment that was created during the Napoleonic Wars in 1815. It is black with red trim. The regimental number is embroidered in yellow. The shoulder strap is in very fine condition. $75.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23-383 SINGLE ENLISTED MAN’S SHOULDER STRAP - INFANTERIE–REGIMENT Nr 77 - PRUSSIA. This is a single enlisted man’s shoulder strap from 2. Hannoversches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 77. It was an old-line Hanoverian regiment that was created during the Napoleonic Wars in 1813. It fought proudly in 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo. The regiment was absorbed into the Prussian Army in 1866 when Hannover was taken over by Prussia after the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. It is black with white trim. The regimental number is embroidered in red. A gold button is attached. The shoulder strap is in very fine condition. $75.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23-384 SINGLE ENLISTED MAN’S SHOULDER STRAP - INFANTERIE–REGIMENT Nr 16 - PRUSSIA. This is a single enlisted man’s shoulder strap from Infanterie-Regiment freiherr von Sparr (3. Westfälisches Nr 16). . It was an old-line Prussian regiment that was created during the Napoleonic Wars in 1813. It is black with red trim. The regimental number is embroidered in yellow. A gold button is attached. The shoulder strap has two moth nips. $75.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23-404 ENLISTED MAN/NCO SINGLE FELDGRAU SHOULDER STRAP FROM FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 55 - PRUSSIA. This is a single enlisted man/NCO’s feldgrau shoulder strap from 2. Thüringisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 55. The regiment was founded in 1899 and garrisoned at Naumburg a.S. It was attached to the XI. Armeekorps. Its regimental number and crossed cannons are embroidered in red against the feldgrau background. The strap is trimmed in yellow. Its reverse shows extensive mothing, with just a hint of it on the obverse. $45.00
 

 

 

 

 

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23-337 PAIR OF ENLISTED MAN/NCO SHOULDER STRAPS - GARDE-FÜSILIER-REGIMENT - PRUSSIA. This is a fine pair of enlisted man/NCO’s shoulder straps from the Garde-Füsilier-Regiment. The regiment was founded in 1826 and garrisoned in Berlin. It was attached to the GardeKorps. They have a yellow obverse and a navy blue reverse. They are in very fine condition. They have threads in them that show they were once attached and then removed (not by us) from a tunic. $175.00

 

 

 

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Saxony

 

23-331 PAIR OF ENLISTED MAN EPAULETTES - GARDE-REITER-REGIMENT - SAXONY. This is an amazing and highly desirable pair of enlisted man’s (EM) epaulettes from Königl. Sächs. Garde-Reiter-Regiment (1. Schweres-Regiment). The regiment was raised in Saxony’s capitol city, Dresden, in 1680. It was attached to the Saxon XII. ArmeeKorps. The Garde-Reiter-Regiment was to Saxony’s King what the Regiment der Garde du Corps was to Kaiser Wilhelm II. Each was their ruler’s primary bodyguard, and they were generally seen at most parades and ceremonial functions. Members of the two regiments each wore gilt-toned helmets. In the case of Prussia’s Garde du Corps, their helmets were topped with Hohenzollern Eagles. The Saxon regiment had their helmets topped by a rampant lion. Saxon-style epaulettes are far different from those of other German Army regiments. To begin, they are gilt-toned and all metal. The center, which is similar in size to most EM’s epaulettes, contains a large Saxon Crown. Each epaulette’s tongue is quite different, and consisting of five discs of decreasing size. The reverse reveals blue felt backing and a long metal device that allows the epaulette to be slipped onto a tunic. While I have offered single examples from the regiment, this is the FIRST time that I have offered a complete pair. They are in very fine condition. $795.00

 

 

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23-293 ENLISTED MAN/NCO SINGLE EPAULETTE - GARDE-REITER-REGIMENT - SAXONY. This is a very difficult-to-find enlisted man/NCO single epaulette from the Saxon Garde-Reiter-Regiment. It is, in fact, a heavy Kavallerie regiment. [The Garde-Reiters, along with the Regiment der Garde du Corps, sported what has become the two most popular helmets among collectors. These were the Saxon Lion and Prussian Eagle-topped parade pickelhauben for the respective regiments]. The epaulette is gilt-toned. It displays a large crown for the King of Saxony. The epaulette is all metal. It sports a blue underlay, which confirms its regiment. The epaulette is in very fine condition. $295.00

 

 

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23-153 PAIR OF ENLISTED MAN SHOULDER STRAPS - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 179 - SAXONY. This is a very fine pair of enlisted man’s shoulder straps from Saxony’s Königl Sächs 14. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 179. The regiment was raised in 1897. It was garrisoned in Wurzen-Leisnig, where it was assigned to the XIX. Armeekorps. The regimental designation, "179," is in yellow on a dark-blue background. These are unissued (buttonholes have not even been cut!), and in near mint condition. $150.00 

 

 

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23-157 PAIR OF ENLISTED MAN SHOULDER STRAPS - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 103 - SAXONY. This is a pair of enlisted man’s shoulder straps from Saxony’s Infanterie-Regiment Nr 103 in fine condition. The regimental designation ("103") is in yellow on a dark-blue background, which is trimmed in red around the edges. These shoulder straps have been removed from a tunic. $150.00 

 

 

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23-169 SINGLE ENLISTED MAN SHOULDER STRAP - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 105 - SAXONY. This is an enlisted man’s single shoulder strap from Infanterie-Regiment Nr 105. The regimental designation "105," is in yellow on a dark-blue background trimmed in red. The shoulder strap is in very fine condition. $45.00

 

 

 

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23-245 SINGLE ENLISTED MAN SHOULDER STRAP - ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 77 - SAXONY. This is a single enlisted man’s shoulder strap from Königl. Sächs. 7. Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 77. The regiment was founded in 1899. It was garrisoned at Leipzig, where it was attached to the XIX. ArmeeKorps. The shoulder strap is dark green, with the Artillerie’s flaming bomb depicted in red, as is the regimental designation, "77." The shoulder strap was removed from a tunic at some point. $115.00  

 

 

 

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Braunschweig

 

23-366 HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17 ENLISTED MAN’S M-1915 SHOULDER STRAPS - BRAUNSCHWEIG. Today we are offering an ultra rare pair of enlisted man’s shoulder straps from Husaren-Regiment Nr 17. These shoulder straps are of the M-1915 variety. They are in excellent condition. The background is black, alternating with goldenrod-colored chevrons across the surface. Shoulder straps like this were used for a period of about three years late in the war. $695.00

 

 

 

 

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Mecklenburg-Schwerin

 

Hesse-Darmstadt

 

Navy (Kaiserliche Marine) & See Battalion

 

13-851 PAIR OF KAISERLICHE MARINE KAPITÄN zur SEE EPAULETTES & SHOULDER BOARDS IN ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX. We are really excited to present this to you today. Naval officers’ epaulettes and shoulder boards are much more difficult to find than Army examples because the Navy was far smaller and had fewer officers. To find either epaulettes or shoulder boards is a fine thing. To find them both is exceptional. To find them both in the original storage box for the epaulettes is a major find, which we have just for you with this presentation. A Kapitän zur See’s Kaiserliche Marine rank was equivalent to the Army’s Oberst. In the German Army, an Oberst commanded a regiment unless he was attached to the General Staff. In the Navy, a Kapitän zur See typically commanded a battleship or  a squadron of U-Boots, Torpedoboots, etc. He might have also served on the German Admiralty staff. The rank was down one level from a first-rank Admiral (Konteradmiral). (This should give you a sense of how few men achieved such a rank). A Kapitän zur See’s epaulettes and shoulder boards were quite different from other junior officers. Those for a Kapitän zur See, a Fregattenkapitän (equivalent to a U.S. Navy Commander), or a Korvettenkapitän (equivalent to a U.S. Navy Lt. Commander) differed greatly from a more junior officers such as a Kapitänleutnant (equivalent to a U.S. Navy Lieutenant), an Oberleutnant zur See (equivalent to a U.S. Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade), or a Leutnant zur See (equivalent to a U.S. Navy Ensign). Our description of these wonderful epaulettes and shoulder boards continues below.
*Epaulettes
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Epaulettes were worn on an officer’s dress uniform shoulders. They were not worn during regular duty assignments. Like the army, the navy wore epaulettes for dress or parade type functions. In addition to being more elaborate than a junior officer’s epaulettes, the biggest difference is that an officer’s ringlets are larger and more bunched together than a junior officer’s. The latter displayed more individual tassels rather than the larger, bunched ringlets. Each epaulette’s top displayed a silver, fouled anchor device. Flanking the fouled anchor device are two pips, which confirm its rank. These pips are gilt-toned, although much of the gilt wash has vanished with age. Each epaulette’s top is made of stunning, embroidered gold bullion. Its edges and the large ringlets are also made of gold bullion. It features a dark, navy-blue underlay. The epaulettes measure 4 1/2" in length, 6" in width, and 3 3/4" from top to bottom of the ringlets.
*Shoulder Boards
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These shoulder boards are the pattern that was used for a Kapitän zur See, a Fregattenkapitän (U.S. Navy Commander), or a Korvettenkapitän (U.S. Navy Lt. Commander). They display a silver bullion rope design containing black chevrons. Two gilt-toned pips denote the Kapitän zur See’s rank. They have the same dark-blue backing as the epaulettes’ reverses. The shoulder boards are in excellent condition.
*Original Epaulettes Storage Box
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The box measures 10 1/4" x 6" x 6." It is essentially cardboard with a faux leather covering. In the interior is a pedestal on which the epaulettes are mounted, then secured with a silk cord. The storage box has kept the epaulettes in pristine condition for nearly one-hundred-years. This is a marvelous set of shoulder boards and epaulettes for a very high-ranking naval officer. $2,895.00

 

 

 

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23-247 PAIR OF KAPITÄNLEUTNANT EPAULETTES - ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX. This is pair of Kapitänleutnant dress epaulettes for the Kaiserliche Marine’s dress uniform. The epaulettes are very large and impressive. Each of them displays a gold background at the epaulette’s top, on which is mounted a Kapitänleutnant’s silver double pips and a large, silver, fouled naval anchor. In addition, each epaulette features dangling gold braid fringe, further confirming the rank. The epaulette’s reverse is lined in dark-blue wool. The wool lining on both epaulettes shows some minor mothing. A brass clip is anchored into the epaulette’s bottom so that the epaulette can be slipped onto the uniform. The section of the epaulette containing the clip is made of leather. The epaulettes are housed in a very deep storage carton when not mounted to the officer’s uniform. The epaulettes are set on a pedestal in the carton and tied in place so they will not shift during movement. The carton has protected the epaulettes over the many years since the last the last time they were worn. They would make a wonderful addition to any Navy or shoulder board collection. $1,395.00PS

 

 

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13-454 PAIR OF EPAULETTES FOR OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE OF THE KAISERLICHE MARINE IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX. Epaulettes from the Kaiserliche Marine are very hard-to-find. The dress or "banjo" epaulettes are even more so. Add to the mix a pair of dress epaulettes that come in their original storage box and you have a very rare example of an epaulette! The examples we are offering today are for an Oberleutnant zur See. An Oberleutnant zur See is equivalent to an Oberleutnant in the German Army, a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, or a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. These epaulettes are massive. They display a combination of gold and silver embroidered bullion on the obverse. Each displays a fouled anchor highlighted in the center of a gold field. The anchors have a marvelous patina to them and are quite striking. Each epaulette has the individual rope-like (ringlets) gold bullion hanging down. Also each epaulette exhibits a gilt button for the Kaiserliche Marine, with anchor and crown. Underneath, the epaulettes have a dark-blue or purple lining, along with the brass attachments that clip them to the tunic. The deluxe storage box is made of black leatherette. Inside is a pedestal on which the epaulettes are tied and mounted. Also, a pillow is cut to the shape of the box and laid over the epaulettes to protect them from any damage. This is a truly stunning pair of epaulettes. $1,250.00 

 

 

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13-868 KAISERLICHE MARINE PAIR OF LEUTNANT zur SEE EPAULETTES IN ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX. This is an amazing pair of Leutnant zur See from the Imperial German Navy. In addition to being quite large, the shoulder boards have a beautiful gold background on the top, surmounted by silver-toned, fouled anchors. Golden ringlets hang down from their edges, numbering in excess of one-hundred. Attached to each epaulette’s end is a small, gilt-toned, Kaiserliche Marine button. Each epaulette’s underside is red felt or wool. 
As handsome as are the epaulettes, and as striking as is their condition, I was very taken by their storage carton. The carton was a big contributor to the epaulettes’ superior condition, since they clearly were stored when not in use. In addition, because they were for a dress tunic, they were not used as often as daily wear boards. This carton, however, is VERY unlike most that we see. Typically, such cartons simply present an upper section that lifts off the bottom half, revealing an enclosed pedestal upon which the epaulettes rest during storage. This carton is quite unusual, as its lower portion swings apart at one end into two hinged sections, enabling one to more easily remove the epaulettes from their pedestal. The arrangement has also kept them in better condition by eliminating much of the fumbling that can accompany the removal process. Another plus is the small, carton-shaped pillow that protects the epaulettes’ tops. This is a gorgeous presentation.   The unique storage carton can provide a fine venue for displaying your new treasures.
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23-283 PAIR OF EPAULETTES FOR AN OBERSTABSINGENIEUR - KAISERLICHE MARINE. This is a first-rate pair of naval epaulettes. They are for an officer who held the rank of Oberstabsingenieur (staff engineering officer). Each has a black velvet surface on which the engineering officer’s gilt device (an anchor and gear) appears. Flanking the engineering device are two gilt pips. Extending down the sides are a magnificent set of gilt bullion ringlets. Silver bullion tape also extends around each epaulette’s tongue. The epaulette’s end is graced by a small gilt Navy button. Underneath each epaulette we see black velvet and leather holding the brass device that attaches the epaulette to the uniform. These epaulettes are in VERY fine condition! $795.00

 

 

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13-561 SINGLE EPAULETTE FOR A KAPITÄNLEUTNANT IN CHARGE OF STORES ABOARD A NAVAL VESSEL. This is a very rare variation of a single dress (banjo style) epaulette for a KAPITÄNLEUTNANT who was in charge of all stores aboard a ship. This is indicated by the silver button on the shoulder board that attached it to the dress uniform. The shoulder board has silver bullion trim. The ringlets extending from the board are also silver. In the shoulder board’s center is a massive gilt insignia for the Kaiserliche Marine, featuring a Hohenzollern Eagle over crossed anchors. The device is flanked by two gold pips proclaiming the Kapitänleutnant’s rank. This rank was equivalent to a Hauptmann in the German Army. It was also equivalent to a Captain in the U.S. Army or a full Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy. It is a very fine shoulder board in top condition. $550.00  

 

 

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13-861 PAIR OF KAPITÄN zur SEE SHOULDER BOARDS - KAISERLICHE MARINE. In the Kaiserliche Marine, a Kapitän zur See was a rank equivalent to that of an Army Oberst (Colonel). Typically, a Kapitän zur See commanded a battleship, or a squadron of smaller ships. Such a high rank meant that the Navy had only a few men bearing it at any given time. We are exceedingly pleased to be offering a Kapitän zur See’s shoulder boards today.
They sport the twisted silver bullion braid seen on field-grade officers’ shoulder boards. Black chevrons grace the silver bullion. The boards also display twin, gilt-toned pips denoting the rank. The reverse displays the purple/dark-blue backing indicative of naval shoulder boards. The very handsome shoulder boards belong to the slip-on variety. $850.00  
 

 

 

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13-771 SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD - LEUTNANT zur SEE. This is a single Leutnant zur See’s shoulder board. The rank was equal to a German Army Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army or Air Force, and Lieutenant JG [Junior Grade] in the U.S. Navy). The shoulder board has been removed from a tunic, and is of the sewn-in variety. Its backing is purple velvet. It measures 4 1/2" X 1 1/4". Overall, it is in very good condition. $95.00

 

 

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23-423 NAVY OBERLOTSEN’S (SENIOR NCO) EPAULETTES. This is a marvelous pair of Kaiserliche Marine Oberlotsen’s epaulettes. He served in a technical capacity as a senior NCO (Petty Officer).  In examining these epaulettes, you will see a large pair of crossed anchors with a geared wheel in their center.  Above this is a Hohenzollern Crown. Each epaulette has a fine background of silver bullion. The epaulette’s edges sport two shades of silver bullion.  A small gold-toned button adorns each epaulette’s tongue. The reverse features a dark-blue (or perhaps purple) velvet background. One epaulette displays an old museum or German collection tag that reads “Epaulette eines Oberlotsen (Technik) der Kaiserliche Marine.”  This epaulette reveals some mothing on its reverse to the tag’s left.  The other epaulette is clear and clean.  Both epaulettes have the metal attachments for sliding the epaulette in place on a tunic. This is a seldom-seen pair of senior NCO’s epaulettes. $695.00

 

 

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23-426 SINGLE SENIOR KAISERLICHE MARINE NCO’S SHOULDER BOARD - SERVING IN TECHNICAL CAPACITY. This is a single shoulder for a Senior NCO (Petty Officer) who served in the Imperial German Navy. This particular NCO was a part of a ship’s technical team. The shoulder board has a navy-blue background. Mounted to that is an anchor with a wheel or gear in the center. Above that is a Hohenzollern Crown with its stole. The board is in excellent condition. $125.00  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23-350 PAIR OF ENLISTED MAN/NCO FELDGRAU SHOULDER STRAPS - SEE-BATTALION Nr III. This is a real treat we are offering you today. I must admit that Germany’s colonies are one of my favorite areas of Imperial German specialization. In the period prior to 1900, Kaiser Wilhelm II set Germany on the path to acquiring foreign colonies. This expansion created a need for Marine forces. As with the U.S. Marine Corps, the See-Battalion found itself charged with offering security forces aboard larger German ships, abroad at overseas consulates, and on foot in Germany’s possessions. Three See-Battalions were created. See-Battalion Nr I was based at Kiel. See-Battalion Nr II was garrisoned at Wilhelmshaven. Finally, See-battalion Nr III was stationed at Tsingtao to protect Germany’s Asian interests. As Germany entered WW I, the See-Battalions were expanded, and ultimately became known as the Marine-Korps-Flandern. The organization developed strength, eventually evolving into several divisions with approximately 60,000-70,000 men. It had its own Artillerie and engineering components. Marine Jastas were the end result. Although they were land-based, but actually functioned as single-seater jastas. Of all the original See-Battalions, Nr III is the one that most interests collectors. It served in China during the Boxer-Rebellion and was even augmented by contingents from its Nr II and Nr III sister battalions. See-Battalion Nr III was effectively ended in 1914-1915, when Japan entered the war on the Allies’ side. They sent sufficient troops to overwhelm the Germans. These men were captured and remained POW’s for the rest of the war. [Interestingly, German POW’s were treated far differently (far less harshly) than the WW II American forces that surrendered or were captured by the Japanese]. Our offering today is a pair of enlisted man/NCO’s shoulder straps. They are feldgrau and would have been used on feldgrau uniforms. Each shoulder strap measures 2 1/4" x 5." The strap is trimmed in white. Its background is feldgrau. In the center, a yellow crown is embroidered over crossed anchors. Below the anchors we see "III." The yellow embroidery does show some minor soiling on one pair of crossed anchors. The reverse shows where the shoulder straps were removed from the tunic. We also see some very minor and scattered moth tracking. This is an exciting pair of shoulder straps with a lot of character from one of Germany’s most famous military units. $550.00

 

 

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