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