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