Attractive - albeit regrettably single - WH (Heeres) 'cyphered' officers'-type shoulderboard as piped in the black- (ie. 'schwarzer'-) coloured branchcolour as was intended for a: 'Hauptmann des Pionier-Bataillons 45'
The attractive - regrettably single but actually not that easily found! - shoulderboard is a typical, 'text-book'-example of the Heeres-pattern, officers'-type shoulderboard and has the greyish-silver toned (ie. somewhat 'sub-dued') 'upperdeck': it was with certainty issued and worn as such and does show some moderate age, wear and/or staining (as can be seen on the pictures). The board shows the desirable black- (ie. 'schwarzer'-) coloured branchcolour (and was constructed from the 'ribbed-type' wool as to be expected). It never had a tongue attached and was with certainty intended - and worn! - as a board of the 'sew-in'-pattern (as can be seen on the pictures). The board measures approximately 11 cms. in length and shows a matching set of (minimally tarnished, golden-toned and somewhat larger-sized-) '4'- and/or '5'-numerals (ie. 'Ziffern') and a pair of (equally golden-toned but mis-matched) pips period-attached denoting the rank of: 'Hauptmann' (ie. captain) who served with an army-engineers battalion, numbered: '45'. All four devices are just minimally stained- ie. tarnished (as can be seen on the pictures). Taking into account, the fact that this board has a somewhat 'sub-dued'-type 'upperdeck' I deem that it was a board that was with certainty intended to be used on a regular, front-used tunic. Simply an attractive WH (Heeres) shoulderboard that belonged a: 'Hauptmann des Pionier-Bataillons 45'!