Originally Posted by S. McKibben
Picked these up today. Shoulder boards must be different makers. A cap eagle also looks to be a good one.
You mean different makers 'cause they've the glossy outer cord vs. the matt one? If so, it's different periods, for subdued outer cord for Gendarmerie NCO shoulder boards was introduced at a later date.
The cap eagle (and bullseye) insignia's unquestionably original.
As stated, the HV cypher has got nothing to do with the Gendarmerie shoulder boards, it stands for Army Administration. IMO it doens't detract. Can't understand why they ornamented the shoulder board that way ... no "Gendarmerie NCO attached to Army Administration" theory should be aired.