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