This is a mint, unissued pair of Leutnant’s shoulder boards from Niederschlesisches Fußartillerie-Regiment Nr 5. The regiment was founded in 1865. It participated in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, and WW I. It was garrisoned at Posen and was attached to the Prussian V. Armeekorps.
The shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety, which was common for junior officers. Typically, slip-on shoulder boards were not seen until the rank of Major and above. These shoulder boards measure 1 ½” x 4.” Their facing is silver bullion containing the Kingdom of Prussia’s black chevrons. Gilt numerals (5) appear on their obverse. The reverse features a white underlay. Just the slightest hint of moth tracking is visible on the white underlay. This adds to the honest age of these very fine shoulder boards, which remain in excellent condition.