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  •   PAIR OF OBERSTLEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - HUSAREN-REGIMENT OR ULANEN-REGIMENT - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

      PAIR OF OBERSTLEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS – HUSAREN-REGIMENT OR ULANEN-REGIMENT – SAXONY

    SKU: 23-231

    $295.00

    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.

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     BAVARIA – SHOULDER BOARD – INFANTERIE  – REGIMENT NR 16 LEUTNANT’S M 1915

    SKU: 23-515

    $95.00

    BAVARIA – SHOULDER BOARD – INFANTERIE  – REGIMENT NR 16 LEUTNANT’S M 1915. This is a single Infanterie Regiment Großherzog Ferdinand von Toskana Nr 16 Leutnant’s shoulder board. The regiment was raised in 1878 and garrisoned at Passau and Landshut. It was attached to the Bavarian I. Armeekorps. The Grand Duke Ferdinand of Tuscany was its Regimental Chef. It measures 1 ¾” x 4” and sports Bavaria’s blue and white chevrons against a feldgrau background. The button on the obverse displays an interesting dark patina, as does its subdued gilt Nr 16. Its underlay is light gray. It is in excellent condition. This wonderful shoulder board was previously owned by and featured in Michael A. Kelso’s recently released reference book Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871 1918 on page 152. Having a piece of militaria that has been featured in a reference book (particularly one as fine as this) is a real plus, and seriously increases their value. We strongly recommend that you acquire this book while you can. The first edition is nearly sold out. As is the case with any reference book, a second edition is NOT guaranteed. Mike, who is a longtime friend, put his heart and soul into this book to help his fellow collectors. PLEASE support him and our other recommended authors: Jim Turinetti with his superb books on Imperial German headdresses, and Jeff Judge, who recently produced the first book of a three volume set about the…

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  • Sale!  KAISER WILHELM II’S GENERALFELDMARSCHALL SHOULDER BOARDS AS 3. GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT'S REGIMENTAL CHEF. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

     KAISER WILHELM II’S GENERALFELDMARSCHALL SHOULDER BOARDS AS 3. GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT’S REGIMENTAL CHEF.

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    KAISER WILHELM II’S GENERALFELDMARSCHALL SHOULDER BOARDS AS 3. GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT’S REGIMENTAL CHEF. This is a consignment item. It is an utterly spectacular pair of Generalfeldmarschall’s shoulder boards that were once owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II as the Regimental Chef of 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment. The 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment was the third (obviously), and final Garde-Ulanen-Regiment. It was created in 1860 during Kaiser Wilhelm I’s reign (Kaiser Wilhelm II’s grandfather). It was garrisoned in Potsdam with all the other elite Garde-Regiments, including the Regiment der Garde du Corps and the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. [Potsdam was also the site of Sanssouci, the Hohenzollern Summer Palace built by Frederick the Great (Frederick II). It was also where the last Hohenzollern palace was built for Kronprinz Wilhelm and his bride, Kronprinzessin Cecilia, and christened “Cecilienhof” in her honor. The palace was used for the 1945 Potsdam Conference of U.S. President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and USSR Communist Party General Secretary Joseph Stalin. Today the Cecilienhof is, in addition to being a German historical treasure, a conference center/hotel with an excellent restaurant. I have stayed within its confines, wherein history exudes from every nook and cranny]. The shoulder boards are massive, measuring 5” x 2 ¾.” They each display two gold bullion braids sandwiching a center silver bullion braid as the primary background. The silver bullion braid sports black chevrons that identify these as Prussian shoulder boards. A magnificent set of crossed silver Generalfeldmarschall (GFM) batons are installed on the gold/silver bullion ropes. [Full-sized batons…

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  • Sale!  SHOULDER BOARDS -NAVAL SEE-BATAILLON LEUTNANT’S. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

     SHOULDER BOARDS -NAVAL SEE-BATAILLON LEUTNANT’S.

    SKU: 23-447 XLL

    $1,050.00 $575.00

    SHOULDER BOARDS -NAVAL SEE-BATAILLON LEUTNANT’S. This is a consignment item. The See-Bataillon was Imperial Germany’s version of the USA’s Marine Corps. Its members filled a number of roles: serving aboard large naval vessels, providing security at German embassies in foreign countries, etc. (e.g., the entire See-Bataillon Nr III was based in China to oversee Germany’s colonial interests). These shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety and measure 1″ x 4.” Each displays a large Hohenzollern Crown on its obverse. Half-black/half-red-and-white chevrons are interwoven into the boards’ silver bullion, indicating the See-Bataillon’s status as a national entity (rather than coming from a particular state or kingdom). The reverse sports a white fabric backing. The shoulder boards are in excellent condition.

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  • 3rd GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER’S EPAULETTES - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    3rd GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER’S EPAULETTES – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-433

    $395.00

    Today we are offering a very scarce pair of the Kingdom of Prussia’s 3rd Garde-Ulanen-Regiment epaulettes. This very elite regiment was founded in 1860 during König Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s final year’s reign. [His younger brother, Wilhelm I, was serving as regent, until Friedrich Wilhelm’s death in 1861, when he assumed Prussia’s throne as king. Wilhelm I had served in this capacity since Friedrich Wilhelm’s 1858 incapacitating stroke]. The 3rd Garde-Ulanen-Regiment was garrisoned in Potsdam along with the other elite Garde-Regiments such as the Garde du Corps and 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. Like all Garde-Regiments, the 3rd Garde-Ulanen-Regiment was attached to the GardeKorps. In addition to being from a very elite regiment (the last Garde-Ulanen-Regiment formed), this pair of epaulettes is made more special as they belonged to a One-Year-Volunteer (OYV). OYV’s made up the smallest portion of any enlisted men/NCO’s in any regiment. Since Kavallerie Regiments were smaller than Infanterie Regiments, even fewer of them were OYV’s. We have chronicled OYV’s particulars in more detail elsewhere. Briefly, OYV’s generally hailed from middle class families of means. They enlisted for a one-year-period rather than ordinary enlisted men’s two-year enlistments. OYV’s were responsible for their own equipment, include uniforms and headdresses. They were also responsible for their own housing and meals. In return, they were allowed some latitude in their uniforms’ and headdresses’ embellishments. Each epaulette’s surface is yellow, with no regimental designation. Its “moon” (metal trim) is silver. Its trim is also silver, which separates enlisted men/NCO’s epaulettes from those of…

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  • BAVARIA - EPAULETTES - STABSARZT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – EPAULETTES – STABSARZT

    SKU: 23-525X

    $395.00

    BAVARIA – EPAULETTES – STABSARZT. This is a wonderful pair of Stabsarzt’s (a medical officer equivalent to a Hauptmann) epaulettes. The epaulettes display a carmine-red, felt background. On that background we see twin brass pips for the Stabsarzt’s rank. Between the pips is the caduceus confirming his status as a doctor. The caduceus is surrounded by a gold-toned crescent. The epaulettes’ tongues each feature a hole to secure them to the tunic. A pair of blue stripes indicating Bavaria is interwoven within the gold bullion. The same red felt color appears on their reverses. These epaulettes are in superb condition. THIS IS A CONSIGNMENT ITEM.

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  • BEZERKSKOMMANDO Nr 35 OBERLEUTNANT’S EPAULETTES - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BEZERKSKOMMANDO Nr 35 OBERLEUTNANT’S EPAULETTES – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-372

    $395.00

    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.

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  • CASED TABLE MEDAL COMMEMORATING KURFÜRST JOACHIM II AND KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM III - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CASED TABLE MEDAL COMMEMORATING KURFÜRST JOACHIM II AND KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM III

    SKU: 27-57

    $95.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a large table medal that commemorates two important leaders in Prussia’s history over a span of three-hundred-years. The first is Kurfürst Joachim II (1505-1571), who was a member of the House of Hohenzollern. Joachim II was the Prince-elector of the Margraviate of Brandenburg. 1539 was a key year in his life for both political and religious reasons. It marked the future of the House of Hohenzollern as Lutheran rather than Roman Catholic (extending as far as Kaiser Wilhelm II). The other man commemorated here is König Friedrich Wilhelm III (1770-1840). He was the grandson of Prussia’s first great King, Frederick the Great. He was extremely important to Prussia as he led his country through the difficult times of the Napoleonic Wars in the early part of 19th century. He lived until 1840 and saw the beginnings of what would become the modern Prussia and ultimately Germany. His son was Wilhelm I who would succeed his brother Friedrich Wilhelm IV and would become Germany’s first Kaiser in 1871. This bronze-toned table medal measures 1 ¾” in diameter. It is housed in a presentation case which measures ½” x 2″ x 2.”

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  • ENLISTED MAN/NCO SINGLE EPAULETTE - GARDE-REITER-REGIMENT - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN/NCO SINGLE EPAULETTE – GARDE-REITER-REGIMENT – SAXONY

    SKU: 23-293

    $295.00

    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.

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  • ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG Nr 2 SHOULDER STRAPS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG Nr 2 SHOULDER STRAPS

    SKU: 23-439

    $375.00

    This is a pair of enlisted man/NCO’s Flieger-Abteilung Nr 2 shoulder straps. The straps were most likely used on a mantle (overcoat), as they are larger than most conventional shoulder straps, 2 ½” x 5 ½.” The feldgrau straps display the Fliegertruppen’s winged propeller device and the numeral “2” in red. Some very minor moth tracking is visible on the reverse. Otherwise, the straps are in excellent condition.

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  • ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG SHOULDER STRAPS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG SHOULDER STRAPS

    SKU: 23-440

    $295.00

    This is a pair of enlisted man/NCO’s Flieger-Abteilung shoulder straps. These straps were used on a tunic, and measure 2 ¼” x 4 ½.” The feldgrau straps display the Fliegertruppen’s winged propeller device in red. Some very minor moth tracking is visible on their obverse and reverse. Otherwise, the straps are in excellent condition.

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  • EPAULETTES - PRUSSIA - GENERALLEUTNANT  - ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON.

    EPAULETTES – PRUSSIA – GENERALLEUTNANT  – ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON

    SKU: 23-527 XRH

    $2,495.00

    EPAULETTES – PRUSSIA – GENERALLEUTNANT  – ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON. Today we are offering a very special pair of Generalleutnant’s dress epaulettes from the Kingdom of Prussia. In addition to being for a high-ranking General, they come in a stunning and very rare storage carton. General’s epaulettes are easily distinguished from those belonging to other German officers. In the place of the individual silver bullion strands that flow down from all Major/Oberstleutnant/Oberst’s epaulettes is a thick, rigid, unified ringlet arrangement that is attached to the epaulette’s top by a black velvet and leather backing. The ringlets are also made of silver bullion that sports a gorgeous, heavy, silver patina that has been accumulated over many years, showing their serious age. The epaulettes’ tops feature gold crescents that also show a heavy patina. Their patina is somewhat dull at the moment but, if cleaned, they would be brilliant. They have not been polished in decades. Silver material is displayed within those crescents, on which appears a Generalleutnant’s single gold pip. The epaulettes’ tongues display a silver bullion and black thread design that indicates are from the Kingdom of Prussia. Prior to WW I, a Generalleutnant would have commanded an Army Division. Later during the war, it was possible for a General of this rank to command an Armeekorps. The epaulettes’ reverses sport a red felt underlay. A VERY light circular rubber stamp appears on the center of each back. I cannot decipher it, but I believe it to be from a theatrical…

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  • FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 81 HAUPTMANN’S SHOULDER BOARDS - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 81 HAUPTMANN’S SHOULDER BOARDS – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-400

    $150.00

    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.

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  • FELDGRAU ENLISTED MAN’S FÜSILIER–REGIMENT Nr 86 SHOULDER STRAPS - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FELDGRAU ENLISTED MAN’S FÜSILIER–REGIMENT Nr 86 SHOULDER STRAPS – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-395

    $250.00

    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 These shoulder straps are in excellent condition.

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  • GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß LEUTNANT’S SHOULDER BOARDS - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß LEUTNANT’S SHOULDER BOARDS – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-409

    $295.00

    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.

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  • GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT LEUTNANT’S M-1915 SHOULDER BOARDS - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT LEUTNANT’S M-1915 SHOULDER BOARDS – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-444

    $375.00

    This is a marvelous pair of Leutnant’s 2. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment M-1915 shoulder straps. The regiment was founded in 1819 during König Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia’s reign (he guided Prussia through the Napoleonic Wars). The regiment was garrisoned in Berlin and attached to the Garde-Korps. The shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety, the variety most often used by junior officers. Larger than the normal shoulder board, they each measure 2 ¼” x 4 ½.” They feature a red felt backing and are in outstanding condition.

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  • GROßADMIRAL ALFRED von TIRPITZ’S SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD AND POSTCARD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GROßADMIRAL ALFRED von TIRPITZ’S SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD AND POSTCARD

    SKU: 13-876

    $2,995.00

    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…

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  • HAND PAINTED SET - SOLDIERS - NAPOLEONIC WARS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HAND PAINTED SET – SOLDIERS – NAPOLEONIC WARS

    SKU: 23-300

    $225.00

    Over the years we have strived to bring you the common and uncommon. Today, we think we have something that is certainly the latter! We are offering a set of hand painted miniature soldiers. These were most likely produced during the period from 1890 through 1910. They depict the pride and the glory of the German Army during the Napoleonic Wars. I believe each soldier is made of lead, which was common during the period. They have been hand painted in great detail. The average soldier stands about 2″ tall. We will list below what this particular group encompasses. We actually have a large number of them. We will be happy to sell multiple groups at a discount. I have arranged them into groups that are slightly different. When possible, I have built them around the regimental colors. Below is what is included in a group: *One (1) mounted officer. *One (1) dismounted officer. *One (1) mounted walking officer. *One drummer wearing a mitre. *One soldier who has been shot and is in the process of falling to the ground. His mitre is already falling from his head. *Eight (8) infantry soldiers carrying muskets and wearing mitres. This wonderful mini grouping has a total of THIRTEEN men. It gives you a sense of what soldiers from two-hundred-years ago looked like. These were most likely owned by a young boy or even a collector like you!

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  • HANNOVER - SHOULDER BOARDS - IDENTIFIED M-1915 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 74 - OBERST & REGIMENTSKOMMANDEUR HANS VON DEWALL’S - INCLUDES FOUR VON DEWALL AND STAFF POSTCARD PHOTOGRAPHS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HANNOVER – SHOULDER BOARDS – IDENTIFIED M-1915 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 74 – OBERST & REGIMENTSKOMMANDEUR HANS VON DEWALL’S – INCLUDES FOUR VON DEWALL AND STAFF POSTCARD PHOTOGRAPHS

    SKU: 23-520

    $995.00

    This highly-unusual, intriguing group features a pair of M-1915 1. Hannoverisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 74 shoulder boards that once belonged to that regiment’s commander throughout much of WW I, along with four postcard photographs of the commander with his staff. 1. Hannoverisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 74 was one of the very elite regiments that came from the Kingdom of Hannover. Hannover was absorbed by Prussia at the 1866 Austro-Prussian War’s conclusion (Hannover had allied itself with that brief war’s losing side). When WW I began, Infanterie-Regiment Nr 74 was assigned to the 19. Infanterie-Division which, in turn, was assigned to the Prussian X. Armeekorps. The regiment was sent to the Western Front in August 1914 and saw active service at the Battles of Liège, Aisne, and Marne. It also spent time in 1915-1916 on the Eastern Front. Later, it participated in the legendary Operation Michael, March 1918’s great Spring Offensive. The entire Division was considered to be a top performer by Allied intelligence. The shoulder boards are of the M-1915 variety, i.e., those used on feldgrau uniforms. They belonged to Oberst Hans von Dewall (1866-1923). Von Dewall was appointed the regiment’s Kommandeur on 6 September 1914 as an Oberstleutnant. He was promoted to Oberst on 18 June 1917 and held that command until 24 April 1918. In that same month, he was promoted to command Infanterie Brigade Nr 21, which he held until the war’s end. On 1 January 1919, he reverted to Infanterie-Regiment Nr 74’s command. [PLEASE NOTE: Effective 28 September…

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  • HEAVY-ARTILLERIE REGIMENT MAJOR’S SHOULDER BOARDS - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HEAVY-ARTILLERIE REGIMENT MAJOR’S SHOULDER BOARDS – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-377

    $295.00

    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.

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  • HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17 ENLISTED MAN’S M-1915 SHOULDER STRAPS - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17 ENLISTED MAN’S M-1915 SHOULDER STRAPS – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 23-366

    $695.00

    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.

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  • INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 14 MAJOR'S EPAULETTES WITH ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 14 MAJOR’S EPAULETTES WITH ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-75

    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 Bataillon 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.
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  • KAISERLICHE MARINE PAIR OF VIZEADMIRAL’S SHOULDER BOARDS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISERLICHE MARINE PAIR OF VIZEADMIRAL’S SHOULDER BOARDS

    SKU: 23-435

    $1,795.00

    This is a Kaiserliche Marine Vizeadmiral’s pair of shoulder boards. [The Imperial German Navy featured only four Admiräle ranks, while the Imperial German Army boasted five General Officer levels. The missing naval rank was equivalent to the Army’s Generaloberst(respectively equivalent to the U.S. Army’s four star general). The Kaiserliche Marine’s four Admiräle ranks were Konteradmiral, Vizeadmiral, Admiral, and Großadmiral (the last rank awarded to only SIX men from its inception in 1901 through its last recipient in 1918)]. Vizeadmiral was a very high rank whose recipients generally commanded fleets, squadrons, and other large tactical units or administrative posts. Each shoulder board measures 4 ¼” x 2 7/16.” They closely resemble an Army General’s shoulder board pattern of two gold Russian bullion ropes enclosing a silver bullion rope sporting chevrons that are half black, one quarter red and one quarter white (Imperial Germany’s national colors). A single silver-toned pip on each board indicates the Vizeadmiral’s rank. The shoulder boards’ dark-blue felt underlays further confirm their Kaiserliche Marine status. Their reverses also reveal the straps that helped hold the boards securely on the tunic, along with a small gilt toned button at the opposite end. These are very rare Navy shoulder boards in absolutely gorgeous condition. They would make welcome additions to any serious naval collection.

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  • LEUTNANT SERVING AS SAXON KÖNIG’S FLÜGELADJUTANT SHOULDER BOARDS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LEUTNANT SERVING AS SAXON KÖNIG’S FLÜGELADJUTANT SHOULDER BOARDS

    SKU: 23-442

    $895.00

    This is a very rare pair of Leutnant’s shoulder boards for Saxon König Friedrich August III’s (1865-1932) Flügeladjutant. [I am speculating that their owner was a member of royalty or nobility to possess such a low military rank yet serve as an aide to the King of Saxony]. These shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety rather than the slip-ons more often sported by higher-ranking officers. The boards are in mint condition, so they probably were NOT used on a uniform. The shoulder boards, which each measure 1 ¼” x 4 ½,” sport the King’s gilt royal cypher, a large gilt Saxon Crown, and gilt buttons. Each board’s reverse displays a red felt backing. They would make a superb addition to any collection.

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  • LEUTNANT’S INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 15 EPAULETTES - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LEUTNANT’S INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 15 EPAULETTES – BAVARIA

    SKU: 23-453

    $295.00

    This is a pair of Leutnant’s Kgl. Bayer. 15. Infanterie-Regiment König August von Sachsen epaulettes. The old-line regiment was founded in 1722. It was garrisoned at Neuburg a. D. and attached to the I. Bavarian Armeekorps. The epaulettes feature a gold metal moon enclosing a somewhat faded red (pinkish) felt background. When we examine their reverses, however, they are a deep red. Their obverses also feature gold-toned “15” numerals and gold-toned buttons that are attached by paperclips (to show what the epaulettes look like when attached to a tunic). [Mike Kelso helped us to identify these epaulettes. Mike is a long-serving U.S. Army soldier. Several years ago he started collecting shoulder boards, shoulder straps and epaulettes. He noticed that no definitive book is available to help collectors identify these items or the cyphers that appear on them. Mike is in the process of publishing just such a book, entitled Cyphers & Numbers: Shoulder Insignia of the Kaiser’s Regiments 1871-1918. When it becomes available later this year, it will be a real boon to collectors. Following our longstanding tradition of supporting authors of militaria research books, I want to get the news out to the collecting community about Mike’s forthcoming book. We will list more information when it becomes available]. This is a fantastic pair of epaulettes.

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  • LINE-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT LEUTNANT’S SHOULDER BOARDS - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LINE-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT LEUTNANT’S SHOULDER BOARDS – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 23-456

    $225.00

    This is marvelous pair of Leutnant’s shoulder boards from one of the five prewar Württemberg Infanterie Regiments. They feature a gold background on which blue chevrons appear. Their reverses display red backing. We also can see that they are of the slip-on rather than the sewn-in variety that was more commonly seen for junior officers. [Mike Kelso helped us to identify these epaulettes. Mike is a long-serving U.S. Army soldier. Several years ago he started collecting shoulder boards, shoulder straps and epaulettes. He noticed that no definitive book is available to help collectors identify these items or the cyphers that appear on them. Mike is in the process of publishing just such a book, entitled Cyphers & Numbers: Shoulder Insignia of the Kaiser’s Regiments 1871-1918. When it becomes available later this year, it will be a real boon to collectors. Following our longstanding tradition of supporting authors of militaria research books, I want to get the news out to the collecting community about Mike’s forthcoming book. We will list more information when it becomes available]. This pair of shoulder boards is in near-mint condition.

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  • NAVY OBERLOTSEN’S (SENIOR NCO) EPAULETTES - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVY OBERLOTSEN’S (SENIOR NCO) EPAULETTES

    SKU: 23-423

    $695.00

    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.

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  • OBERLEUTNANT’S SHOULDER BOARDS FOR JÄGER-BATAILLON Nr 10 OR PIONIER-BATAILLON Nr 10 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OBERLEUTNANT’S SHOULDER BOARDS FOR JÄGER-BATAILLON Nr 10 OR PIONIER-BATAILLON Nr 10 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-434

    $175.00

    This is a pair of Oberleutnant’s shoulder boards for one of two Prussian Bataillone. They would come from Jäger-Bataillon Nr 20 or Pionier-Bataillon Nr 10. In addition to the “10” that designates the unit, it sports an Oberleutnant’s single pip. The shoulder boards’ reverses reveal red backing, and are of the slip-on rather than the sewn-in variety. [This was a bit unusual for such a junior officer. Normally, he would have used the sewn-in variety]. We know they were used on a tunic due to the depression where the buttons once held them down. They are in very fine condition.

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  • OBERST COMMANDING AN ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT’S SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OBERST COMMANDING AN ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT’S SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD – BADEN

    SKU: 23-419

    $225.00

    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.

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  • OBERST GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 2 OBERST'S DRESS EPAULETTES - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OBERST GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 2 OBERST’S DRESS EPAULETTES – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-74

    $650.00

    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.

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  • OBERST SINGLE SUBDUED SHOULDER BOARD - AUSTRIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OBERST SINGLE SUBDUED SHOULDER BOARD – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 23-309

    $125.00

    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.

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  • OBERST SINGLE SUBDUED SHOULDER BOARD - AUSTRIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OBERST SINGLE SUBDUED SHOULDER BOARD – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 23-310

    $125.00

    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.

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  • OBERSTLEUTNANT COMMANDING JÄGER zu PFERDE REGIMENT Nr 3's SHOULDER BOARDS - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OBERSTLEUTNANT COMMANDING JÄGER zu PFERDE REGIMENT Nr 3’s SHOULDER BOARDS – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-418

    $650.00

    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…

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  • OBERSTLEUTNANT’S FELD-ARTILLERIE REGIMENT SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OBERSTLEUTNANT’S FELD-ARTILLERIE REGIMENT SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD – BADEN

    SKU: 23-436

    $175.00

    This is a single Grand Duchy of Baden Feld-Artillerie Regiment Oberstleutnant’s shoulder board that measures 2″ x 5 ½.” It bears Baden’s gilt royal crown above the gilt flaming bomb that signifies field artillery. As well as an Oberstleutnant’s single gilt pip. The shoulder board’s silver bullion displays a marvelous patina. The shoulder board’s reverse has a red backing that shows around the obverse’s edges. The reverse also reveals that is of the slip-on variety.

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  • OBERSTLEUTNANT’S FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT SHOULDER BOARDS - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OBERSTLEUTNANT’S FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT SHOULDER BOARDS – BADEN

    SKU: 23-415

    $495.00

    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.

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  • OBERSTLEUTNANT’S FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT EPAULETTES - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OBERSTLEUTNANT’S FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT EPAULETTES – BADEN

    SKU: 23-414

    $650.00

    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…

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  • ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S SINGLE KAISER ALEXANDER GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 1 SHOULDER STRAP - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S SINGLE KAISER ALEXANDER GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 1 SHOULDER STRAP – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-428

    $175.00

    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…

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  • PAIR OF ARMY LUFTSCHIFFER Bataillon LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF ARMY LUFTSCHIFFER Bataillon LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-371

    $695.00

    This pair of leutnant’s feldgrau (M-1915) shoulder boards hail from a Prussian Luftschiffer Bataillon. 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.

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  • PAIR OF ENLISTED MAN EPAULETTES - GARDE-REITER-REGIMENT - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF ENLISTED MAN EPAULETTES – GARDE-REITER-REGIMENT – SAXONY

    SKU: 23-331

    $795.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF ENLISTED MAN SHOULDER STRAPS - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 103 - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF ENLISTED MAN SHOULDER STRAPS – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 103 – SAXONY

    SKU: 23-157

    $150.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF ENLISTED MAN/NCO EPAULETTES - ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 13 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF ENLISTED MAN/NCO EPAULETTES – ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 13 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-334

    $895.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF ENLISTED MAN/NCO SHOULDER STRAPS - GARDE-FÜSILIER-REGIMENT - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF ENLISTED MAN/NCO SHOULDER STRAPS – GARDE-FÜSILIER-REGIMENT – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-337

    $175.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF EPAULETTES - GENERALLEUTNANT a.D. - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF EPAULETTES – GENERALLEUTNANT a.D. – BAVARIA

    SKU: 23-326

    $2,995.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF EPAULETTES - HAUPTMANN - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 12 - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF EPAULETTES – HAUPTMANN – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 12 – SAXONY

    SKU: 23-152

    $475.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF EPAULETTES - OBERST/COMMANDING OFFICER - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 135 - ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF EPAULETTES – OBERST/COMMANDING OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 135 – ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-319

    $995.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF EPAULETTES FOR A HAUPTMANN - SCHÜTZEN-REGIMENT Nr 108 - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF EPAULETTES FOR A HAUPTMANN – SCHÜTZEN-REGIMENT Nr 108 – SAXONY

    SKU: 23-150

    $350.00

    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 tschakos 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.

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  • PAIR OF EPAULETTES FOR A MAJOR SERVING ON THE GENERAL STAFF - IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF EPAULETTES FOR A MAJOR SERVING ON THE GENERAL STAFF – IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX – BAVARIA

    SKU: 23-344

    $995.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF EPAULETTES FOR AN OBERSTABSINGENIEUR - KAISERLICHE MARINE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF EPAULETTES FOR AN OBERSTABSINGENIEUR – KAISERLICHE MARINE

    SKU: 23-104

    $250.00

    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!

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  • PAIR OF EPAULETTES FOR OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE OF THE KAISERLICHE MARINE IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF EPAULETTES FOR OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE OF THE KAISERLICHE MARINE IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX

    SKU: 13-454

    $1,250.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF EPAULETTES TO A GENERALLEUTNANT/ADJUTANT TO KAISER WILHELM II IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF EPAULETTES TO A GENERALLEUTNANT/ADJUTANT TO KAISER WILHELM II IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX

    SKU: 23-316

    $5,495.00

    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 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.

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  • PAIR OF GENERALFELDMARSCHALL SHOULDER BOARDS - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF GENERALFELDMARSCHALL SHOULDER BOARDS – BAVARIA

    SKU: 23-370

    $4,995.00

    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…

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  • PAIR OF GENERALMAJOR’S TUNIC SHOULDER BOARDS - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF GENERALMAJOR’S TUNIC SHOULDER BOARDS – BAVARIA

    SKU: 23-379

    $795.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 123 OR ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 19 MAJOR’S SHOULDER BOARDS - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 123 OR ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 19 MAJOR’S SHOULDER BOARDS – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 23-354

    $595.00

    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 Bataillon commander. The shoulder boards are in excellent condition.

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  • PAIR OF HAUPTMANN EPAULETTES - Artillerie-REGIMENT Nr 56 - STORAGE BOX - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF HAUPTMANN EPAULETTES – Artillerie-REGIMENT Nr 56 – STORAGE BOX – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-288

    $595.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF HAUPTMANN EPAULETTES IN ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - PIONIER-Bataillon Nr 7 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF HAUPTMANN EPAULETTES IN ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX – PIONIER-Bataillon Nr 7 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-342

    $495.00

    This is a fine pair of hauptmann’s epaulettes from 1. Westfälisches Pionier-Bataillon 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.

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  • PAIR OF HAUPTMANN SHOULDER BOARDS - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF HAUPTMANN SHOULDER BOARDS – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT – BAVARIA

    SKU: 23-194

    $175.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF KAPITÄNLEUTNANT EPAULETTES - ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF KAPITÄNLEUTNANT EPAULETTES – ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX

    SKU: 23-247

    $1,395.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF LEUTNANT EPAULETTES - 5. GARDE-REGIMENT zu FUß - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF LEUTNANT EPAULETTES – 5. GARDE-REGIMENT zu FUß – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-287

    $750.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF LEUTNANT EPAULETTES - FUSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 90 - MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF LEUTNANT EPAULETTES – FUSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 90 – MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN

    SKU: 23-323

    $375.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF LEUTNANT EPAULETTES IN GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 12 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF LEUTNANT EPAULETTES IN GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 12 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-178

    $275.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF LEUTNANT EPAULETTES IN INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 103 - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF LEUTNANT EPAULETTES IN INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 103 – SAXONY

    SKU: 23-156

    $375.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF LEUTNANT EPAULETTES IN PIONIER-Bataillon Nr 6. - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF LEUTNANT EPAULETTES IN PIONIER-Bataillon Nr 6. – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-183

    $475.00

    This is an excellent pair of dress (banjo style) epaulettes from Schlesisches Pionier-Bataillon 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 Bataillon 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 Bataillon.

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  • PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - 5. GARDE-REGIMENT zu FUß - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS – 5. GARDE-REGIMENT zu FUß – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-330

    $595.00

    PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS – 5. GARDE-REGIMENT zu FUß – PRUSSIA

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  • PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT OR DRAGONER-REGIMENT - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS – ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT OR DRAGONER-REGIMENT – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-267

    $150.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 14 - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS – FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 14 – BADEN

    SKU: 23-259

    $250.00

    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.

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    PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS – HEAVY ARTILLERIE REGIMENT – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-301

    $195.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 40 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 40 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-193

    $150.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 1 - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS – ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 1 – BAVARIA

    SKU: 23-308

    $295.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS AND EPAULETTES IN ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 3 OR FELDARTILLERIE REGIMENT Nr 3 - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS AND EPAULETTES IN ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 3 OR FELDARTILLERIE REGIMENT Nr 3 – BAVARIA

    SKU: 23-360 xdg

    $650.00

    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.…

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  • PAIR OF MAJOR SHOULDER BOARDS - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF MAJOR SHOULDER BOARDS – BAVARIA

    SKU: 23-254

    $150.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF NCO/ENLISTED MAN SHOULDER STRAPS - FELDFLIEGER-ABTEILUNG Nr 1 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF NCO/ENLISTED MAN SHOULDER STRAPS – FELDFLIEGER-ABTEILUNG Nr 1

    SKU: 23-285

    $295.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF OBERST EPAULETTES IN A DELUXE PRESENTATION CASE TO THE FIRST COMMANDER OF FÜSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 86 - KAISERIN AUGUSTE VIKTORIA GIFT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF OBERST EPAULETTES IN A DELUXE PRESENTATION CASE TO THE FIRST COMMANDER OF FÜSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 86 – KAISERIN AUGUSTE VIKTORIA GIFT

    SKU: 20-252

    $15,995.00

    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-Holsteinisches) Nr 86. The regiment was founded in1866. Bataillon Nr’s 1 and 2 were garrisoned at Flensburg, while Bataillon 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…

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  • PAIR OF OBERST SHOULDER BOARDS FROM THE WAR MINISTRY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF OBERST SHOULDER BOARDS FROM THE WAR MINISTRY

    SKU: 23-411

    $450.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF OBERSTLEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 57 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF OBERSTLEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARDS – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 57 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-315

    $475.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF OFFICER’S CYPHERS - ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 13 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF OFFICER’S CYPHERS – ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 13 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-129

    $175.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER SHOULDER STRAPS - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 94 - SAXE-WEIMAR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER SHOULDER STRAPS – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 94 – SAXE-WEIMAR

    SKU: 23-141

    $325.00

    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 Bataillons 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.

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  • PAIR OF PRINZ ALFONS’ EPAULETTES - 1. SCHWERES-REITER-REGIMENT - RANK - MAJOR - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF PRINZ ALFONS’ EPAULETTES – 1. SCHWERES-REITER-REGIMENT – RANK – MAJOR – BAVARIA

    SKU: 20-192

    $1,895.00

    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’ 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…

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  • PAIR OF PRINZ FRANZ OF BAVARIA’S EPAULETTES - REGIMENTAL COMMANDER AND OBERST - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 2 - BAVARIA - ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF PRINZ FRANZ OF BAVARIA’S EPAULETTES – REGIMENTAL COMMANDER AND OBERST – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 2 – BAVARIA – ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE

    SKU: 20-226

    $2,895.00

    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…

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  • PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS - MAJOR - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 103 - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 103 – SAXONY

    SKU: 23-234

    $475.00

    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 Bataillon 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.

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  • PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A HAUPTMANN - FELDARTILLERIE REGIMENT Nr 14 - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A HAUPTMANN – FELDARTILLERIE REGIMENT Nr 14 – BADEN

    SKU: 23-171

    $250.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A HAUPTMANN - FÜSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 35 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A HAUPTMANN – FÜSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 35 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-295

    $250.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A HAUPTMANN - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 104 - SAX0NY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A HAUPTMANN – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 104 – SAX0NY

    SKU: 23-158

    $395.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A LEUTNANT IN ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 51 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A LEUTNANT IN ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 51 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-107

    $125.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A MAJOR - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 124 - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A MAJOR – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 124 – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 23-276

    $675.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A MAJOR - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 8 - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A MAJOR – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 8 – BAVARIA

    SKU: 23-235

    $475.00

    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 Bataillon 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.

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  • PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A MAJOR - Kavallerie REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR A MAJOR – Kavallerie REGIMENT

    SKU: 23-305

    $350.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR AN OBERST - BEZIRKS-KOMMANDO Nr 47 - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR AN OBERST – BEZIRKS-KOMMANDO Nr 47 – SAXONY

    SKU: 23-229

    $350.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR AN OBERST IN INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 20 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR AN OBERST IN INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 20 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-399

    $295.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR AN OBERSTLEUTNANT IN TRAIN-Bataillon Nr 7 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR AN OBERSTLEUTNANT IN TRAIN-Bataillon Nr 7 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-185

    $350.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR AN OBERSTLEUTNANT SERVING IN FUßARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 1 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS FOR AN OBERSTLEUTNANT SERVING IN FUßARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 1 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-341

    $595.00

    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.

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  • PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS OF A LEUTNANT IN A JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF SHOULDER BOARDS OF A LEUTNANT IN A JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-54

    $250.00

    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. .

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  • PIONIER-BATAILLON LEUTNANT’S SHOULDER BOARDS - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PIONIER-BATAILLON LEUTNANT’S SHOULDER BOARDS – SAXONY

    SKU: 23-202

    $295.00

    This is a pair of Pionier-Bataillon Leutnant’s shoulder boards from the Kingdom of Saxony. Saxony fielded two Pionier-Bataillone. The first was Pionier-Bataillon (1. Königl. Sächisches) Nr 12, which was founded in 1849 and garrisoned at Dresden until 1914. It then was reassigned to Pirna, where it was attached to Saxon Armeekorps XII. The second was Pionier-Bataillon (2. Königl. Sächisches) Nr 22. It was established in 1899 and garrisoned at Riesa, where it was assigned to Saxony’s other Armeekorps, Armeekorps XIX. The shoulder boards are silver bullion and display Saxony’s green chevrons. They have a double underlay. The first underlay, that closest to the shoulder board, is red. The second underlay is a gorgeous black velvet that serves as its backing and appears as its outside layer. The shoulder boards are of the slip-on variety. They are in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - EPAULETTES - OBERST - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 160 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETTES – OBERST – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 160

    SKU: 23-507 XMN

    $595.00

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETTES – OBERST – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 160. This is a consignment item. We are always delighted to share consignment items with you. This one is rather interesting, not only for what it is, but from where we received it: far-off Thailand! It is a fine pair of Oberst’s epaulettes from the 9. Rheinisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 160’s regimental commander. The regiment, founded in 1897, was unique in that it was garrisoned in three different cities: Bonn, Diez, and Euskirchen. It was attached to the VIII. Armeekorps. The epaulettes feature brass crescents that sport VERY heavy patinas. They have not been cleaned in decades and have a lovely, toasty look. Their new owner could restore a brighter appearance if so desired, but they show real character as they are now. Light-blue felt bases appear within the metal crescents’ confines, decorated with an Oberst’s twin gilt pips and “160,” the regiment’s number. As is correct for a Major/Oberstleutnant/Oberst’s epaulettes, a heavy cascade of braided silver bullion dangles down from the metal crescent. The “tongues” that extend from the epaulettes’ centers feature silver bullion tape with black trim lines that confirm they are for a Prussian officer. Each epaulette sports a red felt underlay on its reverse, as well as a few moth nips or two. A contrasting band of silver/gray bullion dangles beneath the ones that are clearly visible on the exterior. While these came to us via Thailand, their veteran owner acquired them in New Zealand back in 1990. These…

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - NAVY PETTY OFFICER - ENGINEERING SECTION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – NAVY PETTY OFFICER – ENGINEERING SECTION

    SKU: 23-521

    $75.00

    This is a single shoulder bard for a Kaiserliche Marine Petty Officer who served as an engineer. The board measures 4” x 1.5.” Its obverse features a brass Kaiser Krone, which is missing a small section from the end of its stole. [Its price has been lowered due to this defect]. Below it is a brass anchor embellished with a wheel/gear-like device indicating that this Petty Officer served aboard a naval vessel in its engineering department. The board’s obverse is covered with black corduroy, while its reverse is covered in red felt. A buttonhole appears above the Kaiser Krone for attaching the board to a tunic. Despite its slight defect, the board’s overall condition is quite good.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - OBERLEUTNANT - M-1888 GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 12 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – OBERLEUTNANT – M-1888 GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 12

    SKU: 23-526

    $125.00

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – OBERLEUTNANT – M-1888 GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 12. Today we are offering a single M-1888 Grenadier-Regiment Prinz Karl von Preußen (2. Brandenburgisches) Nr 12 Oberleutnant’s shoulder board. This regiment was raised in 1813 during the Napoleonic Wars. It was garrisoned at Frankfurt a. O. and assigned to the Prussian III. Armeekorps. The shoulder board measures 4” x 1.5.” It bears the regimental designation “12,” and an Oberleutnant’s single pip. One can also see the surface’s color difference where a button once held the shoulder board down. This area did not age at the same rate as the rest of it. The board’s reverse displays the traditional, red-felt backing. We also note that the shoulder board is of the sewn-in variety rather than a slip on. It is fine representation of an elite Prussian and German infantry regiment that saw significant action in numerous wars. The shoulder board is in very fine condition. PLEASE NOTE: this very shoulder board is featured on Page 68 of the brilliant reference book by Michael Kelso, Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the Imperial German Army Regiments 1871-1918. The book is simply amazing and touches on an area of the hobby that has NOT been adequately addressed. It is an important reference that should be considered, even if your primary interest is NOT shoulder boards and epaulettes.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - OFFICER’S- FIRE BRIGADE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – OFFICER’S- FIRE BRIGADE

    SKU: 23-514

    $95.00

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – OFFICER’S- FIRE BRIGADE This is a single Fire Brigade Officer’s shoulder board that measures 1 ¾” x 4.” Its obverse is subdued in a similar pattern to an M 1915 Imperial German Army shoulder board and sports a subdued “F,” as well. The obverse also features white and black chevrons that confirm its Prussian origin. The board’s reverse has a feldgrau backing. The shoulder board is of the slip-on variety, and is in excellent condition.

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS -  LEUTNANT’S  - REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT’S – REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS

    SKU: 50-22

    $895.00 $495.00

    This is a pair of Regiment Gardes du Corps leutnant’s shoulder boards. The Regiment was founded in 1740 by Friedrich der Große. It was garrisoned in Potsdam and attached to the Gardekorps. These boards are of the slip-on variety, which is more unusual for a leutnant. They were typically found, however, on coats such as the waffenrock or litewka. More commonly, they came in the sewn-in type board. The boards sport the Regiment Gardes du Corps’ double underlay of red and white. They display prewar silver bullion tops with Prussia’s black chevrons. The pair was tied together in storage. The board that was stored on top shows darkened areas on the bullion where the string was attached. Otherwise, they are in very good condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - MAJOR'S - FOUL WEATHER/CAMOUFLAGED RESERVE INFANTERIE REGIMENT NR 2 M-1888. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR’S – FOUL WEATHER/CAMOUFLAGED RESERVE INFANTERIE REGIMENT NR 2 M-1888.

    SKU: 23-512

    $495.00

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR’S – FOUL WEATHER/CAMOUFLAGED RESERVE INFANTERIE REGIMENT NR 2 M-1888. This is one of the most interesting pairs of shoulder boards that I have ever offered you. If I said they were rare, that would be an understatement! To begin, they are the M 1888 model. What makes them so special is that each is housed within a foul weather/camouflaged COVER. [You will remember that virtually all forms of Imperial German Headdress (pickelhauben, kugelhelme, etc.) had canvas covers that served to protect them helmet from foul weather AND provided as camouflage. Beginning in 1915, all shoulder boards placed into service were required to display subdued cloth exteriors. In many cases, they also sported subdued rank pips, subdued regimental designations, and even subdued royal cyphers]. These foul weather shoulder board covers are constructed of light linen or canvas. They have been stitched into place, so (for obvious reasons) we will not remove them. [We also urge their future owner to leave the covers in place]. Through the covers we can see and feel the “2″ that stands for Reserve Infanterie Regiment Nr 2. I do NOT feel any officer’s pips, but from the feel of the bullion underneath the cover, I believe them to be for a Major. The shoulder boards have a slightly curved shape that proves they were mounted onto a tunic. If we look at their reverse, we can see the cotton thread stitching that keeps the covers in place. Protruding through the…

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - MAJOR'S -1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß  M-1915 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR’S -1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß  M-1915

    SKU: 23-511

    $695.00

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR’S -1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß  M-1915. These shoulder boards come from the MOST elite of all Imperial German Infanterie Regiments, the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß, which was founded in 1688. It was garrisoned in Potsdam, along with the Prussian Army’s most elite regiments. Like all Garde-Regiments, it was assigned to the Garde-Korps AND the 1. Garde-Division. A Major from this regiment was either a Bataillon Kommandeur or on the Regimental staff as the Regimental Kommandeur’s deputy. These M-1915 shoulder boards were worn on a feldgrau tunic. They measure 1 ¾” x 4.” The subdued-silver, rope-like surface sports alternating rows of black and white chevrons that confirm its status as a Prussian Regiment. The silver bullion extends out slightly past the shoulder boards’ edges. This silver trim is mounted on a white underlay that serves as the shoulder boards’ reverse cover. Feldgrau straps are attached to the white material, allowing the shoulder boards to slip onto a tunic. The shoulder boards are in excellent condition and would make a fine addition to any collection.

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  • Prussian Grenadier Regiment Nr 1 Oberleutnant's Shoulder Boards - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    Prussian Grenadier Regiment Nr 1 Oberleutnant’s Shoulder Boards

    SKU: 23-412

    $195.00

    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.

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  • SAXONY - SHOULDER BOARD - GENERALMAJOR

    SAXONY – SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALMAJOR

    SKU: 23-410

    $495.00

    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.

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  • SAXONY - SHOULDER BOARDS -  GENERALFELDMARSCHALL’S -KING FRIEDRICH AUGUST III - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 101 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – SHOULDER BOARDS –  GENERALFELDMARSCHALL’S -KING FRIEDRICH AUGUST III – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 101

    SKU: 20-346

    $7,495.00

    SAXONY – SHOULDER BOARDS –  GENERALFELDMARSCHALL’S -KING FRIEDRICH AUGUST III – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 101. König Friedrich August III (1865-1932) was the final King of Saxony, one of the four Imperial German Kingdoms. Saxony’s royal house was the House of Wettin. In 1877 Friedrich August, then twelve, was enlisted as a Leutnant in the Saxon Army. He advanced through the various levels of rank and military responsibility, becoming appointed Generalmajor (1894), then Generalleutnant (1898), then General der Infanterie (1902). Between 1902 and 1904, Friedrich August assumed command of the Saxon XII. Armeekorps. He became Saxony’s King that same year (1904), then managed to achieve the rank of Generaloberst while he was King. Ultimately, he was promoted to Generalfeldmarschall on 9 September 1912. Today we are offering a pair of exceedingly-rare Infanterie-Regiment Nr 101 shoulder boards that were King Friedrich August III’s personal property. [Kaiser Wilhelm II was the unit’s Regimental Chef. Regimental Chef was an honorary position, with the Chef serving as the regiment’s honorary Oberst. The regiment also had a true Oberst who led the regiment on a daily basis]. As the head of the Saxon state, King Friedrich August III also wore the regiment’s uniform on special occasions. Königlich Sächsisches 2. Grenadier-Regiment Nr 101, Kaiser Wilhelm, König von Preußen (as it was officially known)was one of the Saxon Army’s elite regiments. Garrisoned in the capital city of Dresden, it was founded in 1670. The regiment was assigned to the Saxon XII. Armeekorps. [Please Note: it was named for Kaiser…

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  • Sale! SHOULDER BOARD - KAISER WILHELM II’S GROßADMIRAL’S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SHOULDER BOARD – KAISER WILHELM II’S GROßADMIRAL’S

    SKU: 20-315

    $11,495.00 $9,995.00

    This is a single Großadmiral’s shoulder board that once adorned Kaiser Wilhelm II’s uniform. Only six men achieved this exalted rank in the Imperial German Navy’s history. These men included: 1901 – Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859 – 1941) 1901 – King Oskar II of Sweden (1829 – 1907) 28 June 1905 – Hans von Koester (1844 – 1928) 4 September 1909 – HRH Prinz Heinrich of Prussia (1862 – 1929) 27 January 1911 – Alfred von Tirpitz (1849 – 1930)* *[Promoted on an Honorary Basis without Patent, and thus NOT authorized to wear his shoulder boards with the crossed batons (the other five recipients could do so).] 31 May 1918 – Henning von Holtzendorff (1853–1919) A Großadmiral’s rank in the Kaiserliche Marine was equivalent to that of a Generalfeldmarschall in the German Army, hence the use of crossed batons. The shoulder board is massive, measuring 2 ¼” x 5 .” It sports two gold bullion braids sandwiching a center silver bullion braid as the primary background. The silver bullion braid sports black chevrons that identify it as a naval shoulder board, since the Navy was part of the Reich (Empire) [not even such a mighty Kingdom as Prussia had possessed a Navy]. A magnificent set of crossed 2 ¼” Großadmiral’s batons is installed on the gold/silver bullion ropes. [Full-sized batons were issued to any man who achieved this rank, with the owner’s name noted on each one. Also please note: although the Großadmiral’s shoulder board batons have the same measurements…

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  • SHOULDER BOARD - PRUSSIA - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 10 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SHOULDER BOARD – PRUSSIA – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 10

    SKU: 23-502

    $325.00

    SHOULDER BOARD – PRUSSIA – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 10. This is a single shoulder board for a Magdeburgisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 10 Enlisted Man/NCO. The regiment was founded in 1813 and garrisoned at Stendal, where it was attached to the IV. Armeekorps. The regiment saw action in the Napoleonic Wars and in other conflicts up to and including WW I. After the end of WW I, it was disbanded. The shoulder board measures 2″ x 5 ¼.” The shoulder board’s surface is dark-blue. A heavy design of small yellow chevrons is set against the blue surface. The subdued metal regimental designation, “10,” is set in its center. It was worn on a feldgrau attila, as evidenced by the reverse’s feldgrau backing. It is in very fine condition. It appears on page 290 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael Kelso. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly enhances its value!

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  • SHOULDER BOARDS - BADEN - 5 SINGLE - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 114 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SHOULDER BOARDS – BADEN – 5 SINGLE – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 114

    SKU: 23-504

    $550.00

    SHOULDER BOARDS – BADEN – 5 SINGLE – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 114. This is a most interesting group of five enlisted man/NCO’s 6. Badisches Infanterie-Regiment Kaiser Friedrich III Nr 114 shoulder straps. These shoulder boards show the historical progression of the regiment from prior to 1852 through 1888 and beyond. The regiment was formally founded in 1867, although it had been in existence prior to 1852. [It was listed as a Bataillon rather than a Regiment. It was only after 1867 in the Imperial German era that it was recognized as a full strength Regiment. During the pre-1867 period, it was first known as Füsilierbataillone Nr 1 and later as Füsilierbataillone Nr 2. In the post-1867 era, its three Bataillone were garrisoned at Konstanz, Wachtkommando, and Burg Hohenzollern. The Regiment was attached to the XIV. Armeekorps. The five shoulder straps are described below. 1). I do not have a date when this strap was used. Füsilierbataillone Nr 1 was in use prior to 1 November 1852. So, this strap is more than one-hundred-sixty-years-old and is the oldest uniform item that Der Rittmeister Militaria has ever offered. The strap measures 1 ¾” x 5.” The obverse is white, embroidered in red with the Bataillon designation, “1.” The strap is in amazing condition. Obviously, due to its age, the white shows signs of soiling. 2). This example is for Füsilierbataillone Nr 2, which succeeded Füsilierbataillone Nr 1. The unit was in place from 1 November 1852 through 26 October 1867 when it was…

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  • SHOULDER BOARDS - OFFICER - KRAGENSPIEGEL

    SHOULDER BOARDS – OFFICER – KRAGENSPIEGEL

    SKU: 15-712

    $895.00

    SHOULDER BOARDS – OFFICER – KRAGENSPIEGEL This is a fine pair of kragenspiegel (collar insignias) for a German General’s tunic. They are a squared shape with a slight “lean.” The background is red felt with gold bullion embroidery. A corner of one kragenspiegel shows wear to its red backing, allowing the lining underneath to show. Each kragenspiegel measures 2” x 3 ½.” Due to the condition problem noted above, these are value-priced.

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  • SHOULDER STRAP - PRUSSIA - WAFFENMEISTER - ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT - WAR MINISTRY PROTOTYPE TAG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SHOULDER STRAP – PRUSSIA – WAFFENMEISTER – ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT – WAR MINISTRY PROTOTYPE TAG

    SKU: 23-505

    $350.00

    SHOULDER STRAP – PRUSSIA – WAFFENMEISTER – ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT – WAR MINISTRY PROTOTYPE TAG. This is a very important and historically significant shoulder strap. First, it is for a very senior Artillerie Regiment NCO in the rank of Waffenmeister (Master Gunner). The rank itself is uncommon, but what makes this so important is that it has an Imperial German War Ministry prototype tag attached to it. The War Ministry was responsible for a wide range of projects that both organized and kept the German Army running smoothly. One of the Ministry’s functions was to come up with improvements to all types of uniforms, headdress, gear, and so on. Working with various suppliers in Germany, the Ministry decided what new types of items were to be used in the future. They created a prototype that eventually became a standardized Army item. This particular shoulder strap was the first of its kind. Such examples were stored at the War Ministry in an archive for reference once the item was changed or new one was approved. I have secured several items with the War Ministry tags attached over the years. [Believe me, these items are very special and SCARCE, so I leap at the opportunity to secure them when offered]! The shoulder strap measures 2 ½” x 5 ½.” It features various shades of gold, blue, black, and green bullion tape along three of its four edges. The strap’s center is made of red felt, as are thin lines of trim on its extreme…

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  • SHOULDER STRAPS - NCO/ENLISTED MAN - KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT Nr 1

    SHOULDER STRAPS – NCO/ENLISTED MAN – KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT Nr 1

    SKU: 23-523 XJT

    $250.00

    SHOULDER STRAPS – NCO/ENLISTED MAN – KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT Nr 1 This is a pair of Kaiser Alexander Garde Grenadier Regiment Nr 1 Bataillon Nr I NCO or enlisted man’s shoulder straps. They sport the cypher “A” (for Alexander), a Roman numeral “I” between the A’s legs, and a crown above the “A.” They display a light grey-backing. This is a consignment item.

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  • SINGLE ENLISTED MAN SHOULDER STRAP - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 88 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE ENLISTED MAN SHOULDER STRAP – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 88 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-270

    $125.00

    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.

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  • SINGLE ENLISTED MAN’S FELDGRAU SHOULDER STRAP - FLIEGER-BATAILLON Nr 2. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE ENLISTED MAN’S FELDGRAU SHOULDER STRAP – FLIEGER-BATAILLON Nr 2.

    SKU: 23-396

    $295.00

    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 Bataillon Nr 2. The winged propeller and the “2” are embroidered in red on the feldgrau material. Two moth nips show on the material.

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  • SINGLE ENLISTED MAN’S INFANTERIE–REGIMENT Nr 15 SHOULDER STRAP - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE ENLISTED MAN’S INFANTERIE–REGIMENT Nr 15 SHOULDER STRAP – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-381

    $75.00

    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.

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  • SINGLE ENLISTED MAN’S SHOULDER STRAP - INFANTERIE–REGIMENT Nr 16 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE ENLISTED MAN’S SHOULDER STRAP – INFANTERIE–REGIMENT Nr 16 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-384

    $75.00

    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.

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  • SINGLE ENLISTED MAN’S SHOULDER STRAP - INFANTERIE–REGIMENT Nr 27 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE ENLISTED MAN’S SHOULDER STRAP – INFANTERIE–REGIMENT Nr 27 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-382

    $75.00

    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.

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  • SINGLE ENLISTED MAN’S SHOULDER STRAP - INFANTERIE–REGIMENT Nr 77 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE ENLISTED MAN’S SHOULDER STRAP – INFANTERIE–REGIMENT Nr 77 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-383

    $75.00

    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.

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  • SINGLE ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG Nr 1 SHOULDER STRAP - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG Nr 1 SHOULDER STRAP

    SKU: 23-441

    $295.00

    This is a single enlisted man/NCO’s Flieger-Abteilung Nr 1 shoulder strap. The strap was used on a tunic, and measures 1 ¾” x 4 ¾.” The feldgrau strap displays the Fliegertruppen’s winged propeller device and the numeral “1” in red. Some very minor moth tracking is visible on its obverse and reverse. One of the wings also is missing a little bit of its red embroidery.

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  • SINGLE ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 6 SHOULDER STRAP - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 6 SHOULDER STRAP

    SKU: 23-460

    $125.00

    This is an unusual single shoulder strap that was proudly worn by an enlisted man or an NCO who served in Thüringisches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 6. The regiment was founded in 1813. It was garrisoned at Hanau and assigned to the XVIII. Armeekorps. The strap measures 2 ¾” x 6 ¾.” It is dark-blue, trimmed in white. What makes the strap so unusual and desirable is that its regimental cypher is attached as two pieces of metal rather than being embroidered onto the strap. The large silver-toned crown was the regimental chef’s, King Christian IX of Denmark, cypher. A silver button with a “6” on it also is attached, which stands for Eskadron Nr 6. [Eskadron is the Kavallerie’s equivalent for “Kompagnie”]. Some scattered mothing affects the strap’s obverse. The reverse of the strap is red wool or felt. Green stitching secures the crown and cypher. All in all, it is a fine shoulder strap from an old-line Ulanen-Regiment.

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  • SINGLE EPAULETTE FOR A KAPITÄNLEUTNANT IN CHARGE OF STORES ABOARD A NAVAL VESSEL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE EPAULETTE FOR A KAPITÄNLEUTNANT IN CHARGE OF STORES ABOARD A NAVAL VESSEL

    SKU: 13-561

    $550.00

    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.

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  • SINGLE FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT OBERSTLEUTNANT’S SHOULDER BOARD - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT OBERSTLEUTNANT’S SHOULDER BOARD – BADEN

    SKU: 23-422

    $195.00

    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.

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  • SINGLE GENERALMAJOR SHOULDER BOARD FOR OVERCOAT - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE GENERALMAJOR SHOULDER BOARD FOR OVERCOAT – BAVARIA

    SKU: 23-375

    $795.00

    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.

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  • SINGLE GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 89 ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER’S SHOULDER STRAP - MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 89 ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER’S SHOULDER STRAP – MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN

    SKU: 23-355

    $195.00

    This is a One-Year-Volunteer’s (OYV) single shoulder strap from Bataillon Nr 1 and Bataillon 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 Bataillons 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…

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  • SINGLE INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 77 OBERLEUTNANT'S EPAULETTE - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 77 OBERLEUTNANT’S EPAULETTE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-373

    $125.00

    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.

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  • SINGLE LEUTNANT’S HUSAREN-REGIMENT SHOULDER BOARD - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE LEUTNANT’S HUSAREN-REGIMENT SHOULDER BOARD – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-386

    $125.00

    This is a single Prussian Husaren-Regiment Oberstleutnant’s shoulder board that is of the slightly longer variety used by such regiments. It measures 1 ½ ” x 5 ¼.” It sports a single gilt-toned Oberstleutnant’s pip, but is not identified to a specific regiment. In many cases no regimental designation was given. In the early days, if the regiment had a royal patron, the royal cypher was often shown. It has a red felt backing on the underside.

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  • SINGLE M-1915 1. GARDE-FUßARTILLERIE-REGIMENT OBERST SHOULDER BOARD - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE M-1915 1. GARDE-FUßARTILLERIE-REGIMENT OBERST SHOULDER BOARD – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-361

    $250.00

    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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  • SINGLE OBERST’S FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT SHOULDER BOARD - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE OBERST’S FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT SHOULDER BOARD – BADEN

    SKU: 23-416

    $295.00

    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.

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  • SINGLE RITTMEISTER SHOULDER BOARD - DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 15 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE RITTMEISTER SHOULDER BOARD – DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 15 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-268

    $175.00

    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.

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  • SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD - LEUTNANT zur SEE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD – LEUTNANT zur SEE

    SKU: 13-771

    $95.00

    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.

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  • SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD FOR A GENERAL der INFANTERIE /KAVALLERIE a.D. - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD FOR A GENERAL der INFANTERIE /KAVALLERIE a.D. – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 23-445

    $995.00

    This is a single shoulder board that is larger than normal for a tunic and may have been worn on a great coat. It measures an impressive 2 ¼” x 5 ½.” It was worn by a General der Infanterie or Kavallerie. It is likely that this would have been a.D., which indicated that the man was in retirement. It was customary for an officer to be advanced one rank when he retired from service. The shoulder board has the pattern that was used by generals and displays two gilt stars. The rank that the man held is equivalent to a Lieutenant General (three stars) in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or USMC. It sports black chevrons on the roping for Prussia. Its reverse displays red felt backing. The strap for attaching the shoulder board to a garment is missing from the reverse. That said, the appearance on the obverse is first-rate.

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  • SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD FOR GENERAL der INFANTERIE LUDWIG SAMSON ARTHUR FREIHERR von UND zu der TANN-RATHSAMHAUSEN - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD FOR GENERAL der INFANTERIE LUDWIG SAMSON ARTHUR FREIHERR von UND zu der TANN-RATHSAMHAUSEN – BAVARIA

    SKU: 23-427

    $995.00

    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…

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  • SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD FOR GENERAL der INFANTERIE WITH KAISER WILHELM II’S ROYAL CYPHER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD FOR GENERAL der INFANTERIE WITH KAISER WILHELM II’S ROYAL CYPHER

    SKU: 23-432

    $995.00

    This is a single shoulder board for a General der Infanterie. It measures 1 ¾” x 4 ¾” and was intended to be worn on the tunic as opposed to the mantle. It predates the M-1915 feldgrau shoulder boards. Kaiser Wilhelm II’s crowned royal cypher and the General der Infanterie’s twin pips are gilt. Alternating rows of gold and silver bullion rope form the boards’ base to which the crowned cypher and pips are attached. The silver bullion ropes display the black chevrons that identify the shoulder board as Prussian. Its reverse features a red felt backing. The tongue that makes it a slip-on shoulder board is in place. Its overall condition rates at about average, with wear showing on the silver and bullion ropes. The gilt crowned cypher and twin pips exhibit a fine burnished patina.

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  • SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD FOR PRUSSIAN GENERAL der INFANTERIE/KAISER WILHELM II’S ADJUTANT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD FOR PRUSSIAN GENERAL der INFANTERIE/KAISER WILHELM II’S ADJUTANT

    SKU: 23-424

    $995.00

    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.

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    TRAIN-ABTEILUNG Nr 14 LEUTNANT’S SHOULDER BOARDS – BADEN

    SKU: 23-455

    $225.00

    This is a pair of Leutnant’s Train-Abteilung Nr 14 shoulder boards from the Grand Duchy of Baden. The unit was formed in 1864. It was garrisoned in Durlach and attached to the XIV. Armeekorps. These shoulder boards display gold-toned numeral “14’s,” which indicate this prewar Baden Train-Battalion (the only one). They feature a light-blue underlay that shows some mothing. [Mike Kelso helped us to identify these epaulettes. Mike is a long-serving U.S. Army soldier. Several years ago he started collecting shoulder boards, shoulder straps and epaulettes. He noticed that no definitive book is available to help collectors identify these items or the cyphers that appear on them. Mike is in the process of publishing just such a book, entitled Cyphers & Numbers: Shoulder Insignia of the Kaiser’s Regiments 1871-1918. When it becomes available later this year, it will be a real boon to collectors. Following our longstanding tradition of supporting authors of militaria research books, I want to get the news out to the collecting community about Mike’s forthcoming book. We will list more information when it becomes available]. They are a lovely pair of shoulder boards.

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG - SHOULDER BOARDS - ARTILLERIE GENERALOBERST - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WÜRTTEMBERG – SHOULDER BOARDS – ARTILLERIE GENERALOBERST

    SKU: 23-524

    $2,495.00

    WÜRTTEMBERG – SHOULDER BOARDS – ARTILLERIE GENERALOBERST. One of my personal interests is shoulder boards/epaulettes, especially when they are for General Officers AND come from states other than Prussia. For your consideration, today I am presenting a very interesting and rare pair of Artillerie Generaloberst’s shoulder boards from the Kingdom of Württemberg. The rank of Generaloberst, one rank below a Generalfeldmarschall, was rarely attained within the Imperial German Army. Early in WWI, two Generalobersts commanded the I. and II. Armees that were massed on the Western Front after invading France through Belgium. Also early in WW I, Paul von Hindenburg was recalled from retirement and made a Generaloberst commanding the German VIII. Armee. His promotion to Generalfeldmarschall did not come until 1 November 1914. They feature alternating rows of silver and gold bullion in the Russian braid-style on the obverse. Their red and black chevrons (Württemberg’s state colors) indicate their origin. These same colors appear on the state kokarden for Württemberg’s pickelhauben and kugelhelme. The boards’ triangular formation of three brass pips indicates a Generaloberst. The boards also display the Artillerie’s flaming bomb (grenade). Their reverses display red felt backings. The shoulder boards overall condition is very fine. One can easily see how the shoulder boards are slightly rounded from being worn on a tunic. Naturally, whoever buys these shoulder boards will have an interest in their original owner’s identity. We asked a premiere researcher from the UK for his opinion. While he cannot be 100% certain, and notes some…

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