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

    AUSTRIA – SHOULDER BOARD – OBERST

    SKU: 23-309 XES

    $125.00

    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. This is a consignment item.  

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

    AUSTRIA – SHOULDER BOARD – OBERST

    SKU: 23-310 XES

    $125.00

    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. This is a consignment item.

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

    BADEN – EPAULETTES – OBERSTLEUTNANT – FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT

    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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  • BADEN - SHOULDER BOARD - OBERESTLEUTNANT - FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BADEN – SHOULDER BOARD – OBERESTLEUTNANT – FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT

    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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  • BADEN - SHOULDER BOARD - OBERST - ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BADEN – SHOULDER BOARD – OBERST – ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT

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

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

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

    BADEN – SHOULDER BOARD – OBERSTLEUTNANT – FELD-ARTILLERIE REGIMENT

    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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  • BADEN - SHOULDER BOARDS - HAUPTMANN - FELDARTILLERIE REGIMENT Nr 14 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BADEN – SHOULDER BOARDS – HAUPTMANN – FELDARTILLERIE REGIMENT Nr 14

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

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

    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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  • SHOULDER BOARDS - BADEN - MAJOR

    BADEN – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR

    SKU: 23-529 XJT

    $275.00

    SHOULDER BOARDS – BADEN – MAJOR This pair of pre 1897 shoulder boards is for a Major from the Grand Duchy of Baden. Each one measures 5 1/2” x 2 1/2.” A brass button that exhibits toning appears on each shoulder board. The latter helped to secure each shoulder board to the tunic. The boards’ bullion ropes are silver in the Russian style. Red and gold chevrons also appear on the silver bullion ropes. The boards’ reverses feature red felt backing that shows signs of mild soiling and minor moth nipping. A fine, substantial, brass clip is in place that enabled the shoulder boards to be slipped onto a tunic. Their felt tabs are also in place. Overall, this is a fine, early pair of shoulder boards from the Grand Duchy of Baden. It is a consignment item.

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

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

    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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  • BADEN - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 109

    BADEN – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 109

    SKU: 23-493

    $195.00

    This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from the Grand Duchy of Baden’s 1. Badisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109. This regiment was the most important one in Baden’s military. As Grand Duchies, Baden and Hesse-Darmstadt were Imperial Germany’s two biggest military contributors after its four main Kingdoms of Prussia, Saxony, Bavaria, and Württemberg. The regiment was founded in 1803 and garrisoned in Baden’s capital city, Karlsruhe. It was attached to the XIV. Armeekorps. The shoulder strap appears on page 114 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. The strap measures 2 ” x 6 ½.” Its background is black with white trim around the edges. An embroidered red crown appears in its center. The strap’s reverse is also black. Its overall condition is excellent. This was one of the Imperial German Army’s premiere regiments. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly enhances its value!

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

    BAVARIA – EPAULETTES – GENERALLEUTNANT a.D

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

    BAVARIA – EPAULETTES – MAJOR – PRINZ ALFONS – 1. SCHWERES-REITER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 20-192 (23)

    $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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  • BAVARIA - EPAULETTES - MAJOR - SERVING ON THE GENERAL STAFF - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – EPAULETTES – MAJOR – SERVING ON THE GENERAL STAFF

    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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  • BAVARIA - EPAULETTES - REGIMENTAL COMMANDER AND OBERST - PRINZ FRANZD - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 2 - ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – EPAULETTES – REGIMENTAL COMMANDER AND OBERST – PRINZ FRANZD – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 2 – ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE

    SKU: 20-226 (23)

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

    BAVARIA – EPAULETTES – STABSARZT

    SKU: 23-525XJF

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

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

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

    BAVARIA – SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALMAJOR – FOR OVERCOAT

    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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  • BAVARIA - SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD - GENERALOBERST IN THE RANK OF GENERALFELDMARSCHALL

    BAVARIA – SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALOBERST IN THE RANK OF GENERALFELDMARSCHALL – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 8 – ONCE OWNED BY GROßHERZOG FRIEDRICH II

    SKU: 23-470 XKA

    $1,395.00

    This  single shoulder board, that was once the property of Baden’s Großherzog Friedrich II (1857-1928), is very rare and desirable shoulder board for this well-known member of German royalty. Großherzog Friedrich II was Baden’s final ruler who, like all of the Imperial German heads of state, was swept from his throne with WW I’s end. Along with Hesse-Darmstadt, Baden had the largest military after the four Imperial German Kingdoms (Prussia, Bavaria, Württemberg, and Saxony). Friedrich II was the Regimental Chef (Patron) of more than one regiment, as he was of Bavaria’s 8. Infanterie-Regiment Großherzog Friedrich II. von Baden in this instance. The regiment was founded in 1753 and garrisoned at Metz, where it was attached to the Bavarian II. Armeekorps. Although he was the regiment’s royal patron, his royal cypher did NOT appear on its shoulder boards (the regimental number did so, instead). The shoulder board measures 1 ” x 4 ¼.” It features two Russian-style gold bullion ropes, with a single band of silver bullion in between them. The silver bullion features the blue chevrons that identify the boards as Bavarian. An “8” appears in the shoulder board’s center. Two silver-toned pips appear above and below the numeral, for a total of four. [Silver-toned pips indicated an à la Suite officer, confirming the unique rank that was strictly reserved for members of royalty. Gold pips were used for field officers]. The board’s reverse reveals a strap that allowed it to be slipped onto a tunic. Some mothing appears on…

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

    BAVARIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL

    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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  • BAVARIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - GENERALMAJOR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – GENERALMAJOR

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

    BAVARIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – HAUPTMANN – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT

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

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

    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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  • BAVARIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - MAJOR - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 8 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 8

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

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

    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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  • GERMANY - SHOULDER BOARD - GENERALMAJOR - SCHUTZTRUPPEN

    GERMANY – SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALMAJOR – SCHUTZTRUPPEN

    SKU: 23-501

    $895.00

    Today we are sharing with you a very rare shoulder board for a Generalmajor who served in the Schutztruppen. The Schutztruppen were primarily found in Imperial Germany’s colonial holdings, German East and Southwest Africa, and China, as well as the SeeBataillon. The shoulder board measures 2 ¼” x 4 ½.” It features the typical Russian rope bullion: two ropes of gold bullion separated by one rope of silver bullion that sports a thin blue trim of blue on its edges. Large black chevrons appear on the silver bullion, confirming its status as a Prussian shoulder board. The shoulder board’s center displays a gold-toned shield featuring a crowned Hohenzollern Eagle in its center that measures ” x 1.” The shoulder board’s reverse has a red felt underlay, as well as a tab that allows the shoulder board to slip onto a tunic. This is a very exciting and rare shoulder board that is in mint condition. It is the first of its type that we have seen.

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  • SHOULDER BOARDS - OFFICER - KRAGENSPIEGEL

    GERMANY – 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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  • 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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  • SHOULDER BOARD - HESSE-DARMSTADT -OBERST

    HESSE-DARMSTADT – SHOULDER BOARD – OBERST

    SKU: 23-528 XJT

    $195.00

    SHOULDER BOARD – HESSE-DARMSTADT -OBERST Here is a pre 1897 Oberst’s shoulder board from Hesse-Darmstadt. The shoulder board measures 5 1/2” x 2 1/4,” and features a brass button that helps secure it to a tunic. It also sports the Oberst’s two brass pips, which display the Grand Duchy’s brass crown in their centers. The board boasts a silver bullion Russian rope background that is further embellished with Hesse-Darmstadt’s emblematic, red and gold chevrons. Its reverse displays a white felt backing that features just a hint of moth nips, showing honest wear for the more than one-hundred-year-old shoulder board. The board’s reverse also reveals a substantial metal clip that allowed it to slip onto the tunic, as well as a black strap. It is a lovely item that remains in fine condition, overall. It is a consignment item.

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  • MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 89

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 89

    SKU: 23-492

    $225.00

    This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from Großherzogl. Mecklenburgisches Grenadier-Regiment Nr 89, Bataillon Nr 1 and Nr 3. Bataillon Nr 2 was from Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Bataillon Nr 1 and Nr 3 were garrisoned at Mecklenburg, while Bataillon Nr 2 was located at Neu Strelitz. The regiment was founded in 1782 and attached to the IX. Armeekorps. The shoulder strap appears on page 87 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. The strap measures 2 ½” x 5.” Its background is white. The Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s royal cypher is emblazoned on it in red. Its reverse is dark-blue. A single moth nip shows on the obverse, while some very scattered moth tracking appears on its reverse. It is in good condition and from an important regiment. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly enhances its value!

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  • PRUSSIA - CYPHERS - OFFICER - ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 13 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – CYPHERS – OFFICER – ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 13

    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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  • PRUSSIA - DESK PIECE - ENLISTED MAN - 1. GARDE-FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – DESK PIECE – ENLISTED MAN – 1. GARDE-FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT

    SKU: 24-115

    $150.00

    This is an unusual desk piece for an enlisted man from 1. Garde-Feldartillerie-Regiment. It was the senior of the Prussian Army’s Garde Artillery Regiments. It was founded in 1816. It was garrisoned in Berlin, where like all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the GardeKorps. Inside the sloped frame, which measures 5 3/4″ x 3″ x 1,” is a reproduction of the regiment’s feldgrau shoulder strap. It is under glass. We see a gray background with the field artillery’s burgundy flaming bomb. At the top is a simulated button with the number “5.” At the wood frame’s bottom, we read “Erites Garde-Feldartillerie-Regiment 5. Batterie.” It is well made and displays quite attractively.

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

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETTE – 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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  • PRUSSIA - EPAULETTE - OBERLEUTNANT - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 77 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETTE – OBERLEUTNANT – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 77

    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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  • EPAULETTES - PRUSSIA - GENERALLEUTNANT  - ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON.

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETTES – GENERALLEUTNANT  – ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON

    SKU: 23-527 XRH

    $2,495.00

    These are 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 house that bought uniforms and uniform items after WW I’s end…

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  • PRUSSIA - EPAULETTES - GENERALLEUTNANT/ADJUTANT TO KAISER WILHELM II - ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETTES – GENERALLEUTNANT/ADJUTANT TO KAISER WILHELM II – 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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  • PRUSSIA - EPAULETTES - HAUPTMANN - Artillerie-REGIMENT Nr 56 - STORAGE BOX - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

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

    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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  • PRUSSIA - EPAULETTES - HAUPTMANN - PIONIER-Bataillon Nr 7 - ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETTES – HAUPTMANN – PIONIER-Bataillon Nr 7 – ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE

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

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

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

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETTES – LEUTNANT – GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 12

    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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  • PRUSSIA - EPAULETTES - LEUTNANT - PIONIER-Bataillon Nr 6 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETTES – LEUTNANT – PIONIER-Bataillon Nr 6

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

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETTES – NAVY – OBERLOTSEN (SENIOR NCO)

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

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETTES – OBERLEUTNANT – BEZERKSKOMMANDO Nr 35

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

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETTES – OBERLEUTNANT – zur SEE OF THE KAISERLICHE MARINE – ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX

    SKU: 13-454 (23)

    $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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  • PRUSSIA - EPAULETTES - OBERST - GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 2 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETTES – OBERST – GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 2

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

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

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

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

    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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  • PRUSSIA - EPAULETTS - MAJOR - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 14 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETTS – MAJOR – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 14

    SKU: 23-75

    $775.00

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

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – 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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - GENERAL DER INFANTERIE - GARDE ZU FUß-REGIMENT NR 2 - FÜRST WILHELM OF HOHENZOLLERN

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – GENERAL DER INFANTERIE – GARDE ZU FUß-REGIMENT NR 2 – FÜRST WILHELM OF HOHENZOLLERN

    SKU: 23-471

    $1,195.00

    Germany’s royal houses often sported more than one “line” of succession. This was true for the House of Hohenzollern, which was split into two lines. The greater line contained Prussia’s ruling family, including Prussia’s Kings and, later, Imperial Germany’s Kaisers. The lesser line ruled the principality of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Fürst Wilhelm (1864-1927) was Fürst Leopold’s elder son, who assumed the title and served as head of that Hohenzollern family branch upon Leopold’s 1905 death. Fürst Wilhelm did not hold any military command, but DID serve as a General der Infanterie à la Suite of Prussia’s 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. The regiment was founded in 1813 and headquartered in Berlin. Like all Garde-Regiments it was attached to the Gardekorps. This single shoulder board once belonged to Fürst Wilhelm of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. It measures 2 ¼” x 4 .” It features two Russian-style gold bullion ropes, with a single band of silver bullion in between them. The silver bullion features the black chevrons that identify the boards as Prussian. The shoulder board’s center features two silver-toned pips, which indicate a General der Infanterie à la Suite. [Gold pips would have indicated a true command General at the Armeekorps level]. The board’s reverse displays a double underlay, a small red trim band and a larger white band. [The latter band ties the shoulder board to the 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß]. The white underlay is also interesting in that it is not made of the more commonly-seen felt. It is made of cotton twill. A white…

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

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

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

    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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - GENERALMAJOR a.D. - SCHUTZTRUPPEN - M 1915 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALMAJOR a.D. – SCHUTZTRUPPEN – M 1915

    SKU: 23-500

    $895.00

    Today we are offering a shoulder board that is very rare on several levels. First, it is an M-1915 shoulder board intended for a feldgrau tunic. Second, it is for a Generalmajor a.D., which signified he was a General Officer in retirement. [The Imperial German Army commonly promoted an officer up one grade upon his retirement, which allowed him to receive a greater pension AND the prestige of a higher rank]. Third, and perhaps most important, it is for a General in the Schutztruppen. The Schutztruppen were primarily found in Imperial Germany’s colonial holdings, German East and Southwest Africa, and China, as well as the SeeBataillon. So for all of these reasons, this piece is a very rare bird. The oversized shoulder board measures 2 ½” x 4 ¾.” The shoulder board features the typical Russian rope bullion: two ropes of gold bullion separated by one subdued silver bullion rope. The silver bullion rope features large black chevrons that confirm its status as a Prussian shoulder board. Some smaller chevrons appear on the gold bullion. The shoulder board’s reverse has a red felt underlay, as well as a tab that allows the shoulder board to slip onto a tunic. This is a very exciting and rare shoulder board, the first we have ever seen.

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

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – LEUTNANT – HUSAREN-REGIMENT

    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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - LEUTNANT - JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 2 - M-1915

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – LEUTNANT – JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 2 – M-1915

    SKU: 23-485

    $225.00

    Jäger zu Pferde regiments were created in 1905. Thirteen total regiments (all Prussian) were created, the last in 1913. Jäger zu Pferde members were considered “hunters on horse.” They wore a metal helmet similar in design to those of the Küraßiers. Although they did not wear the Küraßiers’ breastplates, they were considered heavy cavalry. In reality, even when the first Jäger zu Pferde regiment was created in 1905, the cavalry had been rendered obsolete and useless by the new machine guns. [This was proven true during WW I’s early days on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Cavalry units were first limited to scouting, then ultimately served as dismounted infantry fighting in the trenches beside their infantry brethren. Their horses were relegated to moving artillery pieces about on the field]. This is a single Leutnant’s shoulder board from Jäger zu Pferde Regiment Nr 2. The regiment was founded in 1905 and headquartered at Langensalza. It was attached to the Prussian XI. Armeekorps. The shoulder board measures 4″ x 1 9/16.” This is a subdued obverse, in line with other feldgrau shoulder boards. It sports a subdued metal regimental designation (“2”). Black and white chevrons also appear on the obverse. The underlay features two layers, a red upper and a lower green one. Interestingly, the shoulder board a slip-on, which is a bit unusual for a junior officer. The shoulder board appears on page 340 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael…

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - LEUTNANT - JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 6

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – LEUTNANT – JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 6

    SKU: 23-488

    $225.00

    Jäger zu Pferde regiments were created in 1905. Thirteen total regiments (all Prussian) were created, the last in 1913. Jäger zu Pferde members were considered “hunters on horse.” They wore a metal helmet similar in design to those of the Küraßiers. Although they did not wear the Küraßiers’ breastplates, they were considered heavy cavalry. In reality, even when the first Jäger zu Pferde regiment was created in 1905, the cavalry had been rendered obsolete and useless by the new machine guns. [This was proven true during WW I’s early days on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Cavalry units were first limited to scouting, then ultimately served as dismounted infantry fighting in the trenches beside their infantry brethren. Their horses were relegated to moving artillery pieces about on the field]. This is a single Leutnant’s shoulder board from Jäger zu Pferde Regiment Nr 6. The regiment was founded in 1910 and headquartered at Erfurt. It was attached to the Prussian XI. Armeekorps. The shoulder board measures 1 ½” x 4.” It sports a gilt-toned metal regimental designation (“6”). Black chevrons appear on the obverse. It has two layers of underlay. The upper is blue and the lower is green. Interestingly, the shoulder board is a slip-on, which is a bit unusual for a junior officer. The shoulder board appears on page 342 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. The shoulder board is in excellent condition. Being featured in…

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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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  • SHOULDER BOARD – PRUSSIA – OBERLEUTNANT - 2. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT KÖNIGIN VICTORIA VON PREUßEN NR 2 - M-1915

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – OBERLEUTNANT – 2. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT KÖNIGIN VICTORIA VON PREUßEN NR 2 – M-1915

    SKU: 23-484

    $225.00

    This is a single Oberleutnant’s shoulder board from 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Victoria von Preußen. The regiment was raised in 1741 and garrisoned at Danzig-Langfuhr, where it was attached to the Prussian XVII. Armeekorps. It was the sister regiment of 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1. It was famous for having Kaiser Wilhelm II, his son, Kronprinz Wilhelm, and Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen as members. All three were often seen in the fabled regiment’s uniform and headdress. [In fact, von Mackensen attended Wilhelm II’s funeral in the regiment’s uniform. Before leaving the casket that held his monarch’s remains, he laid his overcoat over it. The 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Victoria von Preußen boasted as its most famous member (and à la Suite officer), Prinzessin Viktoria Luise, the Kaiser’s only daughter and eventual wife of Braunschweig’s Herzog Ernst August. [Viktoria Luise ( referred to as “Vikki Lu” in Germany) was also the granddaughter of Königin Viktoria (Queen Victoria of England’s eldest daughter) and Kaiser Friedrich III]. The shoulder board measures 1 ½” x 4.” It is of the M-1915 variety for use on a feldgrau attila. It displays a single subdued Oberleutnant’s pip, as well as Königin Viktoria’s subdued cypher. Black and white chevrons also appear on the obverse. The sewn-in shoulder board’s reverse of is black. The shoulder board appears on page 269 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. It was cut from the attila at some point, but remains in very…

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD AND POSTCARD - GROßADMIRAL  - ALFRED von TIRPITZ - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD AND POSTCARD – GROßADMIRAL – ALFRED von TIRPITZ

    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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - GENERALMAJOR - M 1915

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – GENERALMAJOR – M 1915

    SKU: 23-540

    $1,095.00

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – GENERALMAJOR – M 1915. This is an excellent pair of Prussian Generalmajor’s M-1915 subdued shoulder boards that each measure 1.5″ x 4.” Their black and white Prussian chevrons are clearly visible on the subdued silver ropes enclosed within their borders of muted, dark-gold braid. They are in excellent condition and were worn on a feldgrau tunic. The shoulder boards’ reverses reveal slip-on, red-felt backings. General Officer’s M-1915 shoulder boards are never easy-to-find. This pair is as good as one could desire, with lovely patinas. FOR MORE ITEMS LIKE THIS – CLICK HERE TO BE DIRECTED TO OUR SHOULDER BOARD PAGE

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

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

    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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - HAUPTMANN - FÜSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 35 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – HAUPTMANN – FÜSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 35

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

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

    SKU: 23-330

    $595.00

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

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - LEUTNANT - ARMY LUFTSCHIFFER BATTALION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT – ARMY LUFTSCHIFFER BATTALION

    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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - LEUTNANT - ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 51 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT – ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 51

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

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

    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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - LEUTNANT - FUßARTILLERIE- REGIMENT NR 5

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT – FUßARTILLERIE- REGIMENT NR 5

    SKU: 23-483

    $175.00

    This is a mint, unissued pair of Leutnant’s shoulder boards from Niederschlesisches Fußartillerie-Regiment Nr 5. The regiment was founded in 1865. It participated in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, and WW I. It was garrisoned at Posen and was attached to the Prussian V. Armeekorps. The shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety, which was common for junior officers. Typically, slip-on shoulder boards were not seen until the rank of Major and above. These shoulder boards measure 1 ½” x 4.” Their facing is silver bullion containing the Kingdom of Prussia’s black chevrons. Gilt numerals (5) appear on their obverse. The reverse features a white underlay. Just the slightest hint of moth tracking is visible on the white underlay. This adds to the honest age of these very fine shoulder boards, which remain in excellent condition.

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

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

    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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    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT – HEAVY ARTILLERIE REGIMENT

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

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

    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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - LEUTNANT - JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT – JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT

    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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - LEUTNANT - KRAFTFAHR-BATAILLON - M 1915

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT – KRAFTFAHR-BATAILLON – M 1915

    SKU: 23-475

    $375.00

    This is a pair of Leutnant’s M-1915 Kraftfahr-Bataillon shoulder boards. The Imperial German motorized transport units that served in support of front-line operations, known as the Kraftfahr-Bataillon, came into existence in 1911. Its units served with Eisenbahn-Regiments and Train-Battalions, and performed very useful functions when WW I began. Considered a Garde unit, it was based in Berlin. Saxon and Württemberg Companies existed in addition to the Prussian Battalion. The shoulder boards measure 1 ¾” x 4 .” As they are of the M-1915 variety, they were intended to be worn on a feldgrau tunic. Instead of gold or silver bullion, their background is a subdued gray. Their white chevrons sport a thin black trim. Each board’s center displays a subdued, stylized “K.” Each board’s reverse features a feldgrau cotton twill strap that enabled it to be slipped onto a tunic. It is a bit unusual to see slip-on shoulder boards for a junior officer. Such details were a matter of individual taste, however, not something dictated by regulations. These quite scarce shoulder boards are in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - LEUTNANT’ - “C” CYPHER

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT’ – “C” CYPHER

    SKU: 23-530

    $195.00

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT’ – “C” CYPHER This is a pair of Prussian Leutnant’s shoulder boards. They are slip-ons (a bit unusual for a junior officer) that measure 4.25” x 2.25.” Each features a gilt-brass “C” cypher. They are backed with white felt, and are in very good condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - LUETNANT - M 1915 - GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LUETNANT – M 1915 – GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT

    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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - MAJOR

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR

    SKU: 23-531

    $125.00

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR This is a pair of Prussian Major’s shoulder boards. They are of the sewn-in variety and measure 4.25″ x 1.75.” They sport the Russian-Rope-style braid that was used on shoulder boards for the ranks of Major, Oberstleutnant, and Oberst. They are backed with white felt, and are in very good condition.

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

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR – HEAVY-ARTILLERIE REGIMENT

    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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  • 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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - OBERST - FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT - M-1915

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – OBERST – FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT – M-1915

    SKU: 23-482

    $425.00

    This is a pair of Oberst’s M-1915 Feld-Artillerie-Regiment shoulder boards. They appear on page 375 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. Their obverses feature the pattern used by Majors, Oberstleutnants and Obersts. Each board displays a burnished, gilt-toned, Artillerie-Regiment’s flaming bomb. Each also displays a pair of gold-toned pips that flank the artillery designation and indicate they were for an Oberst who served as its regimental commander. The boards’ muted roping displays black and white chevrons identifying it as a Prussian unit. Each board exhibits a red underlay that extends beyond its edges. The boards are of the slip-on variety that typified a field-grade officer (from a Major up to an Oberst). They would have been worn on a feldgrau tunic. While the shoulder boards’ obverses are in excellent condition, their reverses display a bit more wear. They are in very pleasing condition, overall. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly enhances their value!

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - OBERST - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 20 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – OBERST – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 20

    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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - OBERST - WAR MINISTRY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – OBERST – 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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - OBERSTLEUTNANT - FUßARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 1 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – OBERSTLEUTNANT – FUßARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 1

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

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – OBERSTLEUTNANT – JÄGER zu PFERDE REGIMENT Nr 3

    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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - OBERSTLEUTNANT - TRAIN-Bataillon Nr 7 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – OBERSTLEUTNANT – TRAIN-Bataillon Nr 7

    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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS (2) - GENERALMAJOR ZU DISPOSITION - ONE PRE WAR & ONE M-1915 SUBDUED FELDGRAU

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS (2) – GENERALMAJOR ZU DISPOSITION – ONE PRE WAR & ONE M-1915 SUBDUED FELDGRAU

    SKU: 23-472

    $895.00

    These two shoulder boards came to us together. I believe they came from the same officer and represent what was worn on a pre war tunic and on an M-1910 or M-1915 tunic. They are also quite unique as they are for a Generalmajor zu Disposition. [We have never before offered any Generalmajor zu Disposition’s shoulder boards. They provide a fine contrast to an active-duty General’s boards. It typically was the Imperial German Army’s practice to advance an officer one grade when he entered retirement, both in recognition of his long service and to increase his retirement pay. So, it is most likely that this particular officer entered retirement as an Oberst, either as a regimental commander or serving as a Brigade, Division, or Armeekorps staff member]. We will be selling the boards as a pair because they will be more interesting to display together, AND that is how they came to us. 1). Pre War Example Probably for a Dunkel-Blau Tunic. This shoulder board measures 1 ½” x 4.” It features two Russian-style gold bullion ropes, with a single band of silver bullion in between them. The silver bullion features a white chevron with thin black trim that identifies the boards as Prussian for an officer who was zu Disposition. The underlay is made of red felt that extends past the board’s end. NO strap is available to slip it on (nor does it appear that one was ever present). It may well have been sewn onto the tunic,…

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

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

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

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN – INFANTERIE–REGIMENT Nr 15

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

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN – INFANTERIE–REGIMENT Nr 16

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

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN – INFANTERIE–REGIMENT Nr 27

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

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN – INFANTERIE–REGIMENT Nr 77

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

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG Nr 1

    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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 12

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 12

    SKU: 23-490

    $195.00

    Jäger zu Pferde regiments were created in 1905. Thirteen total regiments (all Prussian) were created, the last in 1913. Jäger zu Pferde members were considered “hunters on horse.” They wore a metal helmet similar in design to those of the Küraßiers. Although they did not wear the Küraßiers’ breastplates, they were considered heavy cavalry. In reality, even when the first Jäger zu Pferde regiment was created in 1905, the cavalry had been rendered obsolete and useless by the new machine guns. [This was proven true during WW I’s early days on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Cavalry units were first limited to scouting, then ultimately served as dismounted infantry fighting in the trenches beside their infantry brethren. Their horses were relegated to moving artillery pieces about on the field]. This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from Jäger zu Pferde Regiment Nr 12. The regiment was founded in 1913 and headquartered at St. Avold. It was attached to the Prussian XVI. Armeekorps. The shoulder strap measures 2 ¼” x 5 ½.” The surface of the strap is green. The regimental designation (12″) is chain stitched in red. The strap is edged in blue. Its reverse is feldgrau. A gold-toned button is attached to the strap. The shoulder strap appears on page 340 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. The shoulder strap is in very fine condition. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly…

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 2 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 2

    SKU: 23-486

    $195.00

    SHOULDER STRAP – PRUSSIA – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 2. Jäger zu Pferde regiments were created in 1905. Thirteen total regiments (all Prussian) were created, the last in 1913. Jäger zu Pferde members were considered “hunters on horse.” They wore a metal helmet similar in design to those of the Küraßiers. Although they did not wear the Küraßiers’ breastplates, they were considered heavy cavalry. In reality, even when the first Jäger zu Pferde regiment was created in 1905, the cavalry had been rendered obsolete and useless by the new machine guns. [This was proven true during WW I’s early days on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Cavalry units were first limited to scouting, then ultimately served as dismounted infantry fighting in the trenches beside their infantry brethren. Their horses were relegated to moving artillery pieces about on the field]. This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO who served in Jäger zu Pferde Regiment Nr 2. The regiment was founded in 1905 and headquartered at Langensalza. It was attached to the Prussian XI. Armeekorps. The shoulder strap measures 5 ” x ” x 2 .” The surface of the strap is green. The regimental designation (“2”) is chain stitched in red. The strap is edged in red as well. The reverse is also green. The shoulder board appears on page 340 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. The shoulder strap is…

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 3

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 3

    SKU: 23-487

    $195.00

    Jäger zu Pferde regiments were created in 1905. Thirteen total regiments (all Prussian) were created, the last in 1913. Jäger zu Pferde members were considered “hunters on horse.” They wore a metal helmet similar in design to those of the Küraßiers. Although they did not wear the Küraßiers’ breastplates, they were considered heavy cavalry. In reality, even when the first Jäger zu Pferde regiment was created in 1905, the cavalry had been rendered obsolete and useless by the new machine guns. [This was proven true during WW I’s early days on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Cavalry units were first limited to scouting, then ultimately served as dismounted infantry fighting in the trenches beside their infantry brethren. Their horses were relegated to moving artillery pieces about on the field]. This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO who served in Jäger zu Pferde Regiment Nr 3. The regiment was founded in 1905 and headquartered at Colmar I. E.. It was attached to the Prussian XV. Armeekorps. The shoulder strap measures 1 ¾” x ” 5 ¼.” The surface of the strap is green. The regimental designation (“3”) is chain stitched in red. The strap is edged in yellow. The reverse is lined in yellow. The shoulder board appears on page 341 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. The shoulder strap has some minor mothing on the obverse. More extensive mothing appears on the reverse, and…

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 7

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 7

    SKU: 23-489

    $195.00

    Jäger zu Pferde regiments were created in 1905. Thirteen total regiments (all Prussian) were created, the last in 1913. Jäger zu Pferde members were considered “hunters on horse.” They wore a metal helmet similar in design to those of the Küraßiers. Although they did not wear the Küraßiers’ breastplates, they were considered heavy cavalry. In reality, even when the first Jäger zu Pferde regiment was created in 1905, the cavalry had been rendered obsolete and useless by the new machine guns. [This was proven true during WW I’s early days on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Cavalry units were first limited to scouting, then ultimately served as dismounted infantry fighting in the trenches beside their infantry brethren. Their horses were relegated to moving artillery pieces about on the field]. This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from Jäger zu Pferde Regiment Nr 7. The regiment was founded in 1913 and headquartered at Trier. It was attached to the Prussian XI. Armeekorps. The shoulder strap measures 2 ¼” x 5 ½.” The surface of the strap is green. The regimental designation (“7”) is chain stitched on it in red. The strap is edged in yellow. Its reverse is feldgrau. The shoulder board appears on page 342 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. Some light scattered mothing shows on its obverse. The reverse shows a bit more mothing and its yellow underlay shows through at some…

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - PIONIER-BATAILLON NR 4

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – PIONIER-BATAILLON NR 4

    SKU: 23-481

    $95.00

    This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from Magdeburgisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr 4. Pioniere were the Imperial German Army’s engineers, responsible for building bridges, roads, etc. The unit was founded in 1816, the year after the Napoleonic Wars’ conclusion. The Bataillon was garrisoned at Magdeburg and attached to the Prussian IV. Armeekorps. The shoulder strap measures 2″ x 5 ½.” Its obverse is black with red trim around its edges, and a red embroidered “4” in its center. Some slight evidence of moth tracking is evident on its obverse. Its reverse is covered with feldgrau felt.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 1

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 1

    SKU: 23-461

    $85.00

    This is a single shoulder strap for Pionier-Battalion Fürst Radziwill (Ostreußisches) Nr 1. The oldest of all Prussian Pionier Battalions, it was raised in 1780. It was garrisoned in Königsberg I. Pr. and assigned to the I Armeekorps. The red shoulder strap features its unit number embroidered in yellow on the obverse. The strap measures 2 ½” x 5 ¾.” It may have been for a great coat, as it is considerably larger than the type used on a tunic.  Some soiling appears on the obverse, while substantial mothing marks the dark-blue backing.

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  • PRUSSIA - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - SINGLE SHOULDER STRAP - PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 11

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 11

    SKU: 23-464

    $95.00

    This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from Pionier-Battalion Nr 11, a Prussian unit formally known as Kurhessisches Pionier-Battalion Nr 11. It was garrisoned at Hann.-Münden (Hannoversch-Münden). It was founded in 1842 and assigned to the XI. Armeekorps. The red shoulder strap measures 2″ x 4 ½.” The battalion number is embroidered in yellow on the obverse. Soiling is evident on both the obverse and reverse.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - PIONIER-BATTALION NR 23

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – PIONIER-BATTALION NR 23

    SKU: 23-477

    $95.00

    This is a single Prussian enlisted man/NCO’s Pionier-Battalion Nr 23 shoulder strap. Pioniere were the Imperial German Army’s engineers responsible for the building of roads, trenches, bridges, and etc. The 2. Westpreußisches Pionier-Battalion Nr 23 was founded in 1907. It was garrisoned at Graudenz and attached to Prussia’s XX. Armeekorps. As the regiment was founded in 1907, its brief history only extending into 1918. This particular shoulder strap was only in use for a few years, as feldgrau uniforms and shoulder straps were already being incorporated within the German Army shortly after the regiment was founded. I doubt if this shoulder strap style was used more than three years. The shoulder strap is red in color. The regimental designation, “23,” is embroidered in yellow stitching on the red material. The strap’s backing is black. The strap is in very good condition, generally, but shows some minor soiling due to its more than hundred years of age. You can also see where the button that was once present has left an impression.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 8 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 8

    SKU: 23-463

    $95.00

    This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from Pionier-Battalion Nr 8, a Prussian unit that was raised in 1816 following the Napoleonic Wars’ end. It was garrisoned at Koblenz, and attached to the VIII. Armeekorps. The red shoulder strap measures 2″ x 5 ¼.” The battalion number is embroidered in yellow on the obverse. The unit’s name is also noted on the reverse. Soiling is evident on both the obverse and reverse.

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

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – 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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAPS -  NCO/ENLISTED MAN - FELDFLIEGER-ABTEILUNG Nr 1 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAPS – NCO/ENLISTED MAN – 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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAPS - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAPS – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG

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

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAPS – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG Nr 2

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

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

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

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

    SKU: 23-523 XJT

    $250.00 $195.00

    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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  • PRUSSIA - SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD - GENERALFELDMARSCHALL - M 1915

    PRUSSIA – SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL – M 1915

    SKU: 23-534

    $2,495.00

    PRUSSIA – SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL – M 1915. Here is another very fine example of a single Prussian Generalfeldmarschall’s M-1915 subdued shoulder board that measures 1.5″ x 4.” As you can see, it is slightly smaller than SKU# 23-533, so they clearly came from two different tunics. By my count, six different WW I Prussian Generalfeldmarschalls could have worn this particular shoulder board. Its black and white Prussian chevrons are clearly visible on the subdued silver rope enclosed within its border of muted, dark-gold braid. The detailing on its crossed, restrained-silver, Generalfeldmarschall’s batons is extremely impressive. Both the batons and the gold braid are a bit brighter on SKU# 23-534 than SKU# 23-533. The shoulder board’s reverse reveals a red felt backing that is of the sewn-in variety (which is an unusual variation). Its condition is excellent, overall. FOR A LOOK AT MORE OF OUR SHOULDER BOARDS CLICK HERE

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  • PRUSSIA - SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD - GENERALFELDMARSCHALL - M 1915

    PRUSSIA – SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL – M 1915

    SKU: 23-533

    $2,495.00

    PRUSSIA – SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL – M 1915. This is a very fine example of a single Prussian Generalfeldmarschall’s M-1915 subdued shoulder board that measures 1.5″ x 5.” By my count, six different WW I Prussian Generalfeldmarschalls could have worn this particular shoulder board. Its black and white Prussian chevrons are clearly visible on the subdued silver rope enclosed within its border of muted, dark-gold braid. The detailing on its crossed, restrained-silver, Generalfeldmarschall’s batons is extremely impressive. The shoulder board’s reverse reveals a slip-on, red-felt backing. Its condition is excellent, overall. CLICK HERE – TO GO TO OUR SHOULDER BOARDS AND SHOULDER STRAP PAGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    SAXONY – EPAULETTES – HAUPTMANN – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 12

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

    SAXONY – EPAULETTES – LEUTNANT – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 103

    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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  • 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 - GENERALLEUTNANT

    SAXONY – SHOULDER BOARDS – GENERALLEUTNANT

    SKU: 23-541

    $1,395.00

    SAXONY – SHOULDER BOARDS – GENERALLEUTNANT. This is an excellent pair of Generalleutnant’s shoulder boards that each measure 1 ¾” x 4.” Their green Saxon chevrons are clearly visible on the light-silver ropes enclosed within their bright-gold borders. A single large gilt pip in the center of each board indicates the Generalleutnant’s rank. The shoulder boards are of the slip-on variety and sport red-felt backings. They were appropriate for pre WWI dunkel-blau tunics, as well as the early-war feldgrau tunics prior to the switch to subdued shoulder boards. Prior to the war, an officer of this rank might have commanded a Division. During wartime, he might have commanded an Armeekorps. FOR MORE SHOULDER BOARDS. STRAPS AND EPULATTES – CLICK HERE

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  • SAXONY - SHOULDER BOARDS - HAUPTMANN - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 104 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – SHOULDER BOARDS – HAUPTMANN – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 104

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

    SAXONY – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT – SERVING AS SAXON KÖNIG’S FLÜGELADJUTANT

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

    SAXONY – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT – PIONIER-BATAILLON

    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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  • SAXONY - SHOULDER BOARDS - LEUTNANT- INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 106

    SAXONY – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT- INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 106

    SKU: 23-345

    $395.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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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  • SAXONY - SHOULDER STRAPS - ENLISTED MAN - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 179 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – SHOULDER STRAPS – ENLISTED MAN – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 179

    SKU: 23-153

    $150.00

    Very fine pair of enlisted man’s shoulder straps from Saxony’s Königl Sächs 14. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 179. The regiment was raised in 1897. It was garrisoned in Wurzen-Leisnig, where it was assigned to the XIX. Armeekorps. The regimental designation, “179,” is in yellow on a dark-blue background. These are unissued (buttonholes have not even been cut!), and in near mint condition.

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG - SHOULDER BOARDS - MAJOR - DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 26

    WÜRTTEMBERG – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 26

    SKU: 23-479

    $650.00

    This is a marvelous pair of shoulder boards for a Major from Dragoner-Regiment König (2. Württembergisches) Nr 26. This regiment was the Württemberg military’s most elite regiment. To this end, the regiment boasted a special enamel Garde-Starlike device on its pickelhauben much like the Order of the Württemberg Crown, one of the kingdom’s highest decorations. It was the “King’s Own” Regiment. The massive pair of shoulder boards measures 2 ½” x 5 ½.” The silver rope bullion is beautiful. [The same pattern was used by Majors, Oberstleutnants and Obersts, although gold-toned pips were added for the latter two ranks]. If one looks carefully, one can detect many red and black (Württemberg) chevrons on the silver bullion roping’s face. The shoulder boards’ obverses feature a metal device that allowed them to be slipped on and off a tunic. The reverses’ yellow underlay confirms that these shoulder boards are for a Dragoner-Regiment. Some very light mothing is visible on the underlay’s surface. The shoulder boards are in excellent condition, overall.

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG - PAPERWEIGHT WITH MINIATURE INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 126 OFFICER'S DRESS SHOULDER BOARD - - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WÜRTTEMBERG – PAPERWEIGHT WITH MINIATURE INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 126 OFFICER’S DRESS SHOULDER BOARD –

    SKU: 15-74

    $250.00

    Desk pieces of all kinds were very popular in Imperial Germany. This was especially true for officers who might have miniature swords as decorations or as letter openers, for example. In this case an officer from 8. Württemberg Infanterie-Regiment Nr 126 Große Herzog Friedrich von Baden had a paperweight made with a miniature of a dress (banjo style) shoulder board imbedded in glass. The result is a very striking desk piece that is a real attention-getter. Imagine how handsome this would look on your desk (as it will on mine until you buy it)!

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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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  • WÜRTTEMBERG - SHOULDER BOARDS - MAJOR - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 124 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WÜRTTEMBERG – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 124

    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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