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Metallic thread rank stars in the metal contrasting with the underlay lace braid. These stars were made in at least two sizes.  Which ones were commonly worn with the field uniform rank collar tabs?

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In my experience (from collecting period photographs) it mainly depended on the officers rank (how many stars you have to fit on the collar) and on the size of the collar (which was mainly a fashion thing :))

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So there were no firm regulations about it?

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I will dig up the official regulations but it was not enforced very strongly even in peace time. I have period catalogs for items that an officer or soldier can purchase, and all of these have stars in different sizes. The officer could buy whichever suited him.

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It´s quite simple:

Leutnant, Major and Generalmajor who had just 1 star commonly used the bigger stars.

Grades with two or three stars used the smaller ones.

But: this does not exclude that some officers used the bigger stars too as captain, colonel or full general at own preference. That´s Austria....

Regards

Christian

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