Imperial ; German Imperial Army Leutnant's Single Slip-on Epaulette of Infanterie-Regiment 343.
Silver-wire braids with black chevrons on white backing with gilt numerals '343'. The top is fine with just natural age wear. The white backing has some mothing.
This regiment formed part of the 172nd Infantry Brigade within the 86th Infantry Division and spent most of WW1 on the Eastern Front. After the armistice with Russia, the unit moved to the Western Front in January 1918 and participated in the Second Battle of The Marne