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Major Bloodnok05 May 2020 5:42 a.m. PST

Would anyone know what "badges" of rank were worn by Oldenburg infantry officers in 1866? I've a description of the officers in the Reiter reg't. wearing gold and red waist sashes, but now't on the infantry. A Knoetel plate of Napoleonic troops show an infantry officer with a gorget but no sash. Did the infantry adopt Prussian style shoulder boards?

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2020 11:50 a.m. PST

No sashes..Silver epaulettes for officers..that;s pretty much it.and Nco ;s had a a little gold trim around the top of the collar . This according to the book I have by Frank Langer "die Uniformierung und ausrustung ses Oldenburgischen Truppenkorps.1813-1867..I bought thru Berlinner Zinnfiguren store. Lots of pictures in German .I am currently painting the Oldenburg brigade in 28mm.I am using Danish in summer coat for the Infantry from Eureka andd will make conversions for command.I took Perry plastic Amercian Civil war cav ,used the kepis and filed it down ,so it;s flat , to use for the Dragoner regt.I just did 8 .Used a Russian Crimean war officer for the Gross-herzog of Oldenburg.Also the tiny belt for Generals would be gold w/ a red stripe down the middle,but still Silver Epaulettes. Hope this helps.

Major Bloodnok06 May 2020 3:36 a.m. PST

Interesting I would have thought that the NCOs would have silver collar trim since the buttons are white metal. I am also under the impression, possibly wrong, that Oldenburg NCOs also wore a bar of white litzen on each cuff. I am also using 15mm ACW and some FPW figs. for many of the Prussian allies, as well as the Austrian allies. The APW could also be called the war of the caps. While many of the Prussian allies wore feldmuetze or kepies in the field most of the Austrian allies seamed to have field caps, not unlike the landwehr style.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2020 3:53 a.m. PST

Brass is probably more appropriate than gold..I did not mention cuffs..sorry..yes they had litzen w/a a point capping the bars in same color white.Lots of caps and shakos on the allies.I have painted up most of the minor states,even if they only had garrison duty.kind of a what if.And lots of green tunics.I just like saying Saxe -Meiningen-hildburghausen. plus I paint up all the litte Dukes and such so they can watch regally from a faraway hilltop in their Dress uniforms.Good luck with your armies..

Decebalus06 May 2020 7:47 a.m. PST

@jurgenation. I really like your project. Would be nice, if you showed some pictures, when it is finished.

NapStein06 May 2020 1:44 p.m. PST

I published the Knötel plates referring to the period of 1855-1871 today, and there are at least two plates covering the Oldenburg infantry of 1866 – just go to link and check the plates of Oldenburg.

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Major Bloodnok08 May 2020 2:13 a.m. PST

Well to pinch a phrase from another member. Colour me stupid…

I was looking at Michael Embree's "Too Little, Too Late" and I looked at the jacket cover art work. That's funny sez I, the troops depicted on the front cover look like Oldenburgers. I look inside the book. Lo and behold the cover is a painting by Ludwig Burger depicting the Oldenburg bde. at Hochhausen, July 24 1866.

There is an officer, an NCO (I think), and ORs. The ORs and NCO have greatcoats slung across their shoulders with the mess tins strapped to the greatcoats. The officer seems to have white shoulder straps (like everybody else), a white waistbelt, white gloves and a sword. The suspected NCO seemed to have a white line at the top of his collar and I wonder if that is meant to be silver. He is carrying a Dreyse rifle with a sword bayonet. Interestingly the other bayonets that are depicted are socket bayonets. The "white collar trim" (can't see his cuffs), and the sword bayonet is what makes me assume that he's an NCO. So perhaps I've had the answer to my query all along ##@@@**!

Now the other interesting bit in this painting is that the Oldenburg Bde. was facing off against troops from Baden. Some info. states that Baden had adopted the Dreyse, but in the painting there is a Badener using a ramrod to load his rifle. The Badeners are outline sketches, but there's no mistaking the raised arm ramming down a round. Artistic license? An assumption by the artist that all of Prussia's enemies had muzzle-loaders?

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