Pair Police General Boards

Condition: Mint

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Product Description: This Pair Police General Boards is an extremely beautiful set, for a very high ranking German police officer. The condition is extraordinary, and rates as mint, with no traces of wear or age. The braid on the top is constructed of yellow Celleon and aluminum wire braid, which retains its original appearance, with no oxidation or discoloration from age. Each board has one, large, Tombak alloy rank pip, indicating a rank of “Generalleutnant der Polizei.” The base of each board is covered with a perfect, finely woven Police green wool fabric, which retains bright original color. These are slip-on boards, and each retains its original “tongue” for affixing it to a tunic or overcoat. The tip of each tongue has a reinforced area where a slit for a buttonhole could be cut, but this has not been done; these are pristine and absolutely unworn. This Pair Police General Boards is a rare item of Polizei regalia, that would be impossible to upgrade.


Historical Description: The German military as well as civil, political and paramilitary organizations traditionally used shoulder straps and shoulder boards as uniform insignia, to denote the rank or function of the wearer. After the Nazi rise to power in 1933, there was a tremendous increase in the number of groups and organizations in Germany wearing officially sanctioned uniforms, and most of these organizations used shoulder straps and shoulder boards as a component of their regalia. The exact color of piping utilized, the material color, the type of braid or Tresse that was used, and the number or location of devices and pips present, allow shoulder boards to be tracked to the exact organization that issued them, and often yield even further detail such as the wearer’s rank and even his specific military unit. Normally worn in pairs, the boards were in some cases plain, and in other cases adorned with detailed embroidery or metal emblems. Some shoulder boards were made in the millions, others were specific to a single individual.


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