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.