Attractive - and fully matching! - WH (Heeres) early- (ie. mid-war-) period, 'M43'-pattern, 'cyphered', NCO-type shoulderstraps as was intended for a: 'Feldwebel u. Mitglied des Artillerie-Beobachtung-Abteilungs 5'
This is an attractive - and fully matching! - pair of WH (Heeres) early- (ie. mid-war-) period- ie. 'M43'-pattern and neatly 'cyphered', NCO-type shoulderstraps as piped in the bright-red- (ie. 'hochroter'-) coloured branchcolour as was intended for - and moderately used by! - a: 'Feldwebel u. Mitglied des Artillerie-Beobachtung-Abteilungs 5' (or: sergeant who served who served within the artillery-observers unit, numbered: '5') and that comes in an overall very nice- (albeit moderately used ie. worn-), condition. The shoulderstraps - which measure approximately 11,1 cms. in length - have the 'standard-type' and/or field-grey-coloured, smooth-woolen-based 'upperdecks' and have the bright-red- (ie. 'hochroter'-) coloured - and/or: woolen-type piping attached. The straps - which come naturally mounted onto their functional tongues - show as stated above some regular usage and/or wear (some staining and dust is visible and/or present). The straps show the silverish-grey-coloured- (ie. 'non-sub-dued'-pattern-) 'Heeres'-NCO-braid and/or single- ('Buntmetall'-based) pip attached denoting the NCOs-rank of: 'Feldwebel'. Next to this, do the straps show a pair of (larger-sized, fully matching and neatly silvered, zinc- ie. 'Feinzink'-based- and/or Gothic-styled) so-called: 'B'-cyphers- and equally styled and smaller-sized: '4'-cyphers ie. numerals (or: 'Ziffern'), attached. All six devices are nicely preserved and do show some regular age- ie. tarnish. It should be noted that all 'cyphered'-pattern shoulderstraps can be easily regarded 'fairly scarce'. Of additional interest is, moreover, the fact that the NCO who wore this pair was once an: Unteroffizier: something that can easily be deducted by the presence of a later-added- and horizontally-mounted piece of NCO-braid. This particular pair originated from a larger cloth- ie. shoulderstrap-collection I recently acquired for the web-site. In any case an attractive and/or early- (ie. mid-) war-period and neatly 'cyphered' 'Heeres'-related shoulderstrap-pair that was intended for a: 'Feldwebel u. Mitglied des Artillerie-Beobachtung-Abteilungs 5'!