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4th Bavarian Infantry Full Dress by tsd715 4th Bavarian Infantry Full Dress by tsd715
The most revered unit of Bavarian infantry in the Imperial German Army.  These are the ceremonial and parade uniforms.  The most notable feature is the raupenhelm (caterpillar helmet) on the parade uniform instead of the Prussian pickelhaube used by most states.  Bavaria used the pickelhaube from the 1880's until 1951, when they were allowed to revert to the traditional raupenhelm on their parade uniforms.

By the way, if anyone has any idea what those puffy things on the shoulders are called I'd love to know.  

***This cannot be used as a source for real uniforms.  

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PHAFFM Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I can't remember the name of theese right now but the purpuse of them is to help to hold the strap of their firearms in position. The Bavarian and Baden-Würtembergian military traditions adapted this of the Austro-Hungarian uniforms. But I guess that wasn't as helpfull as intended because no later than WWI those "helpers" completely disapeared.
tsd715 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Very interesting. Thanks for the info.
ImperatorGermaniae Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016
I like the Raupenhelm very much, it has a similar character like the helmets from ancient Rome or Greece. Of course the Pickelhaube is also nice, but I like it not so much as the Raupenhelm.

PS: I think the red decore on the shoulders has not a name and should only look nice. Many European armies also use a special decore for the uniforms of their marching bands in German called "Schwalbennester" but I do not know if it is known in the USA.

PPS: Sorry for my bad English skills. Sweating a little... 
tsd715 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I like the Raupenhelm too. It also reminds me of helmets from antiquity.

Thanks for the info, I've been looking everywhere for the name for those things but I can't seem to find anything. Yes, the shoulder decorations for musicians are called "swallow's nests" in English but I don't think the US Military ever used them. The only time I think they might have used them would be in the 1880's when we remodeled our uniforms in a quasi-Prussian style with tall pickelhaubes and Brandenburg cuffs. It's intersting how whichever power is the dominant military at the time is mirrored by smaller powers around the world. In America, uniforms were French style until the Franco-Prussian War and Prussian style after. Anyway, the British use a similar festure for their musicians which they call "musician's wings."

Don't apologize! Your English is very good. 😀
ImperatorGermaniae Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
If you would ask me, what I mean about your uniforms, I would say, that your most beautiful uniforms are those from the time of the Civil War. Your later uniforms are not really to my taste. Nod 

The most beautiful German uniforms in my opinion, were the Austrian uniforms until to the end of the 1th World War. Their uniforms were very elegant and at the same time it had also a very modestly character. Nod 

PS: Thank you! I would only wish, that my skills would be enough for my English lessons. Sweating a little... 

PPS: Thank you that you watch me, I will watch you too from now. :D (Big Grin) 
tsd715 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for your feedback.  I completely agree about the uniforms.  I'm not a huge fan of post First World War German uniforms.  

Actually, I've been planning on doing some Austrian uniforms soon.  I have to finish a few other projects first but you can probably count on seeing them within the next few weeks.  

Don't apologize about your English, it's very good actually.

And thanks for the watch!
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