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Article about: These are for sale on the Internet. The seller claims them to be an SS Major's shoulder boards.

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    These are for sale on the Internet. The seller claims them to be an SS Major's shoulder boards.
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    Far from SS, and not TR at all. Look to be WW1 boards to me.

    Jeff

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    WWI. Exactly what my local expert had to say. Good call. Thanks.

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    I have moved the thread here so the Imperial guys can give their views.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Bobki52, as stated Imperial German shoulder boards, or to be exact, 1888 pattern "Achselstucke" of a Staff Officer, rank of major. constructed of two 5mm wide silver braids, parallel to each other and interwoven with five bends (Bogen) and not including the button/fastening loop, prior to 1888 they had six bends. The braids were interwoven with threads in different colours (like small chevrons), this is known as "flecking", and indicated the "State" of origin of the wearers Regiment (corresponding to State colours), in your case black for "Prussia". Army Corps colour usually corresponded to the backing/base colour, but exceptions existed and the colour could be associated with a specific branch of service or Regiment. I show a "Wurttemburg" Oberst (Colonel) with red/black flecking, note the reverse method of attachment, tongue and hook.
    Prost ! Steve.
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    Last edited by oradour; 05-26-2011 at 05:19 PM.
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    Thanks Ade for the move, and thanks Jeff and Steve for taking the time to critique the boards. I am on a very steep learning curve and you guys are a huge help.

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    Steve is the man for Imperial stuff.

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    Oradour, you have shown us a good example of a shoulderboard for a Kapitaen zur See der Kaiserlichen Marine. The chevrons on the Wuerttemberg officers' braid are a bit different.
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    Absolutely a navy piece. There are differences in the flecking between Württemberg, the navy and colonial boards, though all are similar.

    Chip

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    Steve is the man for Imperial stuff.
    True
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