This is a single oberst’s shoulder board from 1.Garde-Fußartillerie-Regiment. It was a very elite Artillerie regiment. It was founded in 1865 and garrisoned at Spandau. Like all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the Gardekorps. [Interestingly, while officially founded in 1865, its pickelhaube sports a “Colberg 1807″ bandeau that came from the Napoleonic Wars]. The shoulder board is an M-1915 model developed especially for the feldgrau tunic. Officially, feldgrau came to pass in 1910 and the first national feldgrau uniform was the M-1910. Another big change came with the M-1915, as it was the standard WW I feldgrau adaptation. [A long article could be written about the exceptions and differences, but the statements are generally true].
The shoulder board measures 1 3/4″ x 4 3/8.” This shoulder board’s basic pattern was used by obersts, oberstleutnants, and Majors. Imbedded in the gray portion are black and white chevrons, which indicate (correctly) a Prussian regiment. Under it is a dark-yellow underlay that extends just beyond the Russian-style rope described above. Mounted on the surface we see a pair of gilt-crossed (heavy) cannons. Flanking the cannons are the two gilt stars that confirm the oberst rank.
As we examine the shoulder board’s backside, we see the previously-described yellow underlay. We also see a heavy wool attachment piece that allowed it to be attached as a slip-on to a tunic.
It is in very fine condition, overall, and would make a superb addition to your collection.