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German Shoulder Straps / Epaulettes.


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A small selection. I do like these but getting harder to aquire. Some M15 and some M16 examples.

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TT,

I am with you there is something addictive about these straps but unfortunately they are also becoming increasingly expensive!

regards

Mark

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Agreed. Looked at a matched pair of 6 IR M16 pattern in my collection. Still bear the original price ticket.....£40 pair. Was costly then when I bought about 10 years ago.

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Lovely examples TT, I also really like shoulder straps but they really are becoming very expensive. You seem to have some of the rarer varieties there as well.

I always enjoy looking at the collection put together by Monash which is on display at the Australian War Memorial:

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/RELAWM15049.003/?image=1

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/RELAWM15049.005/

From memory there are also a few collections of shoulder straps on display in the second last room of the new WW1 exhibit at the Imperial War Museum?

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Indeed your right re the IWM having a large collection exhibited. Exactly where you said.

Regards

TT

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This is all of mine with the exception of a 1915 type to the 83rd which is in the post.

Does anyone know if the larger 102 ones would be for the Greatcoat?

TT

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These used to be very common in Australia. In the 70s & 80s it was not unusual to find old biscuit tins with 20 to 50 at a time. I wish I had not been as stingy back then. I would never pay more than $5/strap.

Cheers

RT

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Two new ones. Both Hessian Regts. 81st and 117th. One has corps piping before it was omitted as the war progressed and simplified types were introduced 1915 onwards.

TT

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These are the only examples in my collection, which were acquired by a Lieutenant H D'Argenton, A Company, 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. He took them from a German Machine Gun Officer.

Sepoy

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Very nice Sepoy. Thanks for posting

TT

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A few of mine.

regards

Mark

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Nice straps Mark. Thanks for sharing.

TT

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Three more sourced today.

273 FAR. 1915 type again for bluse. Red with yellow grenade and number.

159 IR bluse pattern with white piping.

226 IR 1915 pattern. Grey and no piping.

Pleased.

TT

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Nice straps guys! Here's some of mine

Three more sourced today.

273 FAR. 1915 type again for bluse. Red with yellow grenade and number.

159 IR bluse pattern with white piping.

226 IR 1915 pattern. Grey and no piping.

I would love to collect these but they never appear in Turkey... TT, I might seek your advice on European collecting...! Cheaper (and more personal) than bayonets...

Julian

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They are becoming harder and pricier to get now.

You stop buying bayonets?????? Never. Are you unwell?

TT

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Here is a scare strap. Unless I'm told otherwise I believe this is for the 401 Bearer Company German medical service. Similar to our RAMC bearers? Crimson with yellow chain stitch. Post 1915, possibly pattern introduced in 1917? Next to it a nice WW1 RA badge with red forcing bar and hairpin slider as introduced 1917?

Both gifted to me yesterday by a dealer I help at a militaria fair.

TT
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Interesting thread - thanks for sharing.

Attached is a photo of my entire collection of these. From left to right they are marked The AISNE, SEPT. 1914, THE AISNE SEPT 1914, THE MARNE SEPT 1914 and BELGIUM OCT 23rd 1914. Again from left to right they are, I think but stand to be corrected, NCO of 2nd Grenadier Regiment, Saxon Infantry Regiment No. 104, One Year Volunteer Infantry Regiment No. 66 and a Hauptman of Saxon Infantry Regiment No. 106.

Regards,

Michael.

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Hessian Regt 117 just bought this one!

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Nice. I aquired one last November. Is yours edged in blue Corp piping. Pictures a bit dark to see? If so between us we have a pair. Now to find a jacket for them!?

TT

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I hope they don't mind - not least as it may whet a few appetites for the book - but here's a sneak preview of a shoulder straps page taken from the upcoming publication Feldzug 1917 by Michael Baldwin.

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Cheers,

GT.

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OK now I am officially confessing to one of the seven deadly sins!

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Just rediscovered these, they came with a KRRC officers effects. I like the middle one which looks like it's been cut off with a blade.

Regards

Tocemma

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My latest epaulette found at a car boot sale yesterday for not very much at all.

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