This is a marvelous pair of epaulets for one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s adjutants in the rank of general lieutenant. We have offered Kaiser’s adjutant’s shoulder boards in the past, but this is the very first time we have offered epaulets for such an exalted rank and position.
These epaulets are MASSIVE! Each of them measures 7″ x 6 1/2″ x 3.” The Kaiser’s gilt, crowned cypher is displayed against a rich, checkerboard, silver bullion background. Directly below it is a single, gilt general lieutenant’s pip. Each epaulet’s top is surrounded by a silver crescent. From its patina, I would say it is either silver or German silver. A general officer’s conjoined ringlets hang down from each epaulet. They do not flow freely as, for example, would an oberst’s, but are tightly bound together.
Underneath is a fine leather backing for the ringlets. Furthermore, each epaulet sports a red wool underlay for its. Both epaulets are in EXCELLENT condition and totally problem-free.
They come in a large storage case that measures 13 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ x 4.” The case’s bottom is lined with white and pink silk. White ties hold the epaulets in place. The storage case is constructed of thick, high-quality, heavy-duty cardboard with a leatherette exterior. The box has protected these epaulets for more than one-hundred-years, since I date them from 1900 through 1910. It is a breathtaking presentation that we are most pleased to share with you.