All shoulder board insignia are copies and made in copper (not in brass) and gilt. Most of the insignia existed in 3 sizes to cover the sizes of the shoulder boards from lieutenant to colonel and the epaulettes. Those regiments which had a foreign monarch as its chef had casted high insignia and not the flat stamped insignia. Also theese insignia I produce as galvano. The expenditure is higher and so is the price.
The base material used for the shoulder boards is a woven silver bullion (no plastics) which closely matches the originals, but unlike the originals will not tarnish. The weight and the size are almost identical to the originals.