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H012775 MEDICAL SHOULDER BOARD CYPHERS. (Schulterstücke Ziffer)

BACKGROUND: Although military ranks and rank designations can be traced back to the mercenary armies of the 17TH century it wasn’t until the creation of standing armies in the early 18TH century that distinguishing insignia of rank began to be developed. Originally the shoulder straps were functional items designed to secure the saber and ammunition shoulder cross straps and the larger, metal trimmed epaulettes were a throw back to the protective shoulder pieces worn on medieval armor. By 1800 the epaulettes had lost their protective function and were retained as a badge of rank. In 1866 a new system of rank distinguishing Officer’s shoulder boards were introduced to replace the previously worn epaulettes although the epaulettes were retained for the parade and dress uniforms. Although the officer’s shoulder boards underwent numerous minor modifications they remained basically the same right up until the end of WWII. The German armed forces utilized a wide variety of shoulder board/strap cyphers that indicated numerous specific, assorted trades, careers, functions and/or units. Regulations decreed that the shoulder board/strap cyphers were embroidered in the branch of service color for EM’s and Junior NCO’s, in silvered metal for Senior NCO’s and in gilted metal for Officer’s ranks.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Two roughly, 32mm tall, 15mm wide, stamped hollow backed, medical, caduceus, (Serpent intertwined on a staff), shoulder board cyphers. The cyphers shows nice detailing with the snakes body being textured with tongue and eye details and the staff having vertical graining. One is alloy and the other aluminum. Prongs complete.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $29.00

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