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PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR’S – FOUL WEATHER/CAMOUFLAGED RESERVE INFANTERIE REGIMENT NR 2 M-1888.SKU: 23-512
$495.00PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR’S – FOUL WEATHER/CAMOUFLAGED RESERVE INFANTERIE REGIMENT NR 2 M-1888. This is one of the most interesting pairs of shoulder boards that I have ever offered you. If I said they were rare, that would be an understatement! To begin, they are the M 1888 model. What makes them so special is that each is housed within a foul weather/camouflaged COVER. [You will remember that virtually all forms of Imperial German Headdress (pickelhauben, kugelhelme, etc.) had canvas covers that served to protect them helmet from foul weather AND provided as camouflage. Beginning in 1915, all shoulder boards placed into service were required to display subdued cloth exteriors. In many cases, they also sported subdued rank pips, subdued regimental designations, and even subdued royal cyphers]. These foul weather shoulder board covers are constructed of light linen or canvas. They have been stitched into place, so (for obvious reasons) we will not remove them. [We also urge their future owner to leave the covers in place]. Through the covers we can see and feel the “2″ that stands for Reserve Infanterie Regiment Nr 2. I do NOT feel any officer’s pips, but from the feel of the bullion underneath the cover, I believe them to be for a Major. The shoulder boards have a slightly curved shape that proves they were mounted onto a tunic. If we look at their reverse, we can see the cotton thread stitching that keeps the covers in place. Protruding through the…