This is a pair of Leutnant’s Train-Abteilung Nr 14 shoulder boards from the Grand Duchy of Baden. The unit was formed in 1864. It was garrisoned in Durlach and attached to the XIV. Armeekorps. These shoulder boards display gold-toned numeral “14’s,” which indicate this prewar Baden Train-Battalion (the only one). They feature a light-blue underlay that shows some mothing.
[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]. They are a lovely pair of shoulder boards.