This is a very rare variation of a single dress (banjo style) epaulette for a KAPITÄNLEUTNANT who was in charge of all stores aboard a ship. This is indicated by the silver button on the shoulder board that attached it to the dress uniform.
The shoulder board has silver bullion trim. The ringlets extending from the board are also silver. In the shoulder board’s center is a massive gilt insignia for the Kaiserliche Marine, featuring a Hohenzollern Eagle over crossed anchors. The device is flanked by two gold pips proclaiming the Kapitänleutnant’s rank. This rank was equivalent to a Hauptmann in the German Army. It was also equivalent to a Captain in the U.S. Army or a full Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy.
It is a very fine shoulder board in top condition.