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 epaulettes have truly traveled around the world!