BAVARIA – EPAULETS – GENERALLEUTNANT a.D
This is a very exciting pair of epaulets for a Bavarian Generalleutnant in retirement (a.D). Prior to WW I, it was common for an officer of this rank to command a Division. In some instances during WW II, an officer of this rank even commanded an ArmeeKorps. Each epaulet features a silver crescent moon with conjoined silver ringlets extending down from it. They do not dangle individually as do the fringes from Major’s through Oberst’s epaulets. Each has a silver bullion surface on which a single gilt pip is applied. One can see blue thread embedded in the silver bullion, which confirms it is Bavarian. Each boasts a small silver button that is held in place by a traditional cotter-pin, which is indicative of Bavarian high-ranking officer’s epaulets. The epaulets’ reverse displays a totally red felt underlay. Some very light moth tracking shows on one epaulet’s reverse, and a couple of moth nips are on the other. Attached to each epaulet is a leather strap with its customary cotter pin. It hooks to a metal disc, which then attaches the epaulet to a uniform. It is an interesting manner that is quite typical of Bavarian epaulets. These are in wonderful condition and quite scarce.