Rank insignias of the Austro-Hungarian armed forces
This article deals with the Rank insignias of the Austro-Hungarian armed forces, as worn by the Austro-Hungarian Army after the reorganisation in 1867 until 1918.
- 1 Army forces
- 2 Officers and officials
- 3 Members of the military personal status
- 4 Enlisted men guards
- 5 Estate riflemen troops
- 6 Military officials
- 7 Examples
- 8 Austro-Hungarian Navy
- 9 Sources
- 10 References
The rank insignias of the Austro-Hungarian Army or ground forces (1867–1914) were always worn on the fore-part of the sleeves for jackets, but never on shoulder straps of shirts, service jackets, and dress uniforms. They were identically for the Common Army as well as to the Imperial-Royal Landwehr. However, the mountain corps wore additionally an edelweiss since 1907 behind the distinction star(s).
The rank stars of enlisted personnel and non-commissioned officers (NCO) were made from white celluloid, those of the ranks Feldwebel and Stabsfeldwebel have been made from white silk since 1914. The rank stars of the junior officer ranks normally consisted of relief metal. Pertaining self procured uniforms, embroidered (from metallic fibre) rank stars might have been selected. The embroidered version was mandatory for staff officer ranks from major (OF3) onwards.
For all other k.k. badges of the Austrian-Hungarian mountain corps from OR1-rank Jaeger (en: hunter/ private) to the OF5-rank Oberst (en: colonel) see also:
⇒ main article Imperial-Royal Mountain Troops (badges of rank)
Even on the field shirts, officer rank stars showed the button-colour of the uniform jacket.
However, staff officers had additionally to wear a galloon on the uniform sleeve. If the galloon colour was silver, the colure of the buttons and the stars had to be golden and vice versa. On the galloon there was a serrated ornament. Generals wore always silver stars on golden galloon. From that derives, that the colour of the rank stars and galloons had nothing to do with the rank.
On coats rank insignias had never been worn. Officers of the so-called Kaiserschuetzen as well as of the "Landwehr infantry regiments number 4 and 27" (also Mountain infantry regiments 4 and 27) wore on their dress uniforms shoulder straps with the imperator´s insignias (not to be mixed up with the particular rank). For any rank description there had to be provided as well an equivalent expression in Hungarian language. Military units, who consisted mainly of Czech, Slovakian, and/ or Polish personal, used unofficially the rank term in there mother language. NCOs were counted to the enlisted personnel, and did not made up a separate rank group.
The Cadet (de: Kadett), in its position as aspirant to the professional officer career, ranked as well to the enlisted rank group. The cadet ranks counted to the appropriate nominal rank, however, behind the next higher rank. E.g. the "Cadet-gefreiter" was counted for the Gefreiter, however, behind the Corporal, who himself was lower than the "Cadet-corporal".
The characteristic of the cadet ranks was the so-called distinction-galloon on the sleeve ends. It was similar to the feldwebel-galloon, however, from gold colour instead of imperial-yellow. The particular rank was added as well.
|Rank description||Kadett (en: Cadet)||Kadett (en: Cadet)|
(with silk stars)
(with silk stars)
The ranks Stabsfeldwebel, Stabsoberjäger, Stabsfeuerwerker and Stabswachtmeister were introduced to the k.u.k. armed forces in 1913. Before it was equivalent to the Bezirksfeldwebel (en: District-feldwebel) of the Gendarmerie (as part of the Landsturm; in Austria Landwehr). To the feldwebel–uniform the Stabsfeldwebel/ Bezirksfeldwebel wore a headgear similar to the officers cap, however, without the characteristic golden officers distinction. In 1913 the sleeve distinction consisted of a 1.3 cm broad feldwbel-galloon made from imperator-yellow silk. Additionally three white rank celluloid stars were appliquéd. In June 1913 the rank insignia was changed. The galloon was now silver designed, and the rank stars were made from white silk and embroidered. In 1915 the ranks Stabsfeldwebel/ Stabswachtmeister und Offiziersstellvertreter (en: officer deputy) were summarised to the new rank group higher/ senior NCOs (de: höhere Unteroffiziere).
The officer aspirant (de: Offizieranwaerter (OA)/ hu: Tisztjelölt) of the reserve undertook military training as a One-year volunteer (de: Einjaehrig-Freiwilliger (EF)/ hu: Egyégvi Önkéntesi). The distinguishing badge was an imperator-yellow silk square-balloon on the upper part of the cuff. In 1915 the balloons was removed after passing the final examination. It was replaced by the so-called bright “EF-button” to be worn on the collar. The EF-button was fixed behind the nominal rank stars, and was removed on promotion to first officer grade.
|Designation||One-year volunteer with EF-button|
|(German)||(Kadett EF)||(Korporal EF)|
The rank „Cadet officer-deputy“ (de: Kadett-Offiziersstellvertreter) was renamed to Ensign (de: Fähnrich) in 1908. The service insignia was a map case, made from black coloured leather, and to be worn on the waist belt. More characteristics were the black officer´s cap, however with imperator-yellow side ornament (instead from gold). The white celluloid star was replaced by a silver coloured star. Also in this year, the old term (rank) “Kadett-Feldwebel” was replaced by the new one Cadet (de. Kadett / hu: Hadapród).
|Designation||Cadet officer-deputy until 1908||Fähnrich 1908-1918|
In addition to the gorget rank insignias, the so-called distinction, the individual rank was indicated by the imperial-yellow distinction-balloon on the parade headgear, called shako (de: Tschako) a special version of helmet.
- Gefreiter: Was to be identified on a the imperial-yellow, black-carved 0.5 Austrian inch (~0.5 cm) thick round-cord
- Corporal: Wore a 1.5 Austrian inch (~4 cm) broad the imperial-yellow distinction-balloon (with zigzag trim ornament)
- Zugsführe, Wachtmeister, and Cadet officer-deputy (Fenrik): As tot he Corporal, however, concentric divided by a 1/24 Austrian inch (~1 mm) small black stripe
The distinction-ballons and pipings for enlisted ranks and NCOs were made from imperial-yellow sheep`s wool, for Fenriks since 1908 from imperila-silk, and for officers from gold yarn. Pertaining private procured special editions to enlisted ranks and NCOs, silk trims have been allowed as well.
The corps colour had to be in correlation to the appropriate regiment, branch, or branch of service.
Enlisted men, NCOs, officer aspirants, and officer-deputies
|Grade||Rank in German (Hungarian), equivalent in English||Rank insignia|
|OR-1||Infanterist (Honvéd)) / Jäger / Dragoner / Ulan / Husar / Kanonier / Pionier / Trainsoldat / Sanitätssoldat||nothing|
|Private / Rifleman / Dragoon / Uhlan / Hussar / Gunner / Engineer / Trainmen/ Medical|
|OR-2||Gefreiter (Őrvezető) / Vormeister / Patrouilleführer||1 white star|
|Gefreiter / Gunner 1st class / Rifleman 1st class|
|OR-3||Korporal (Tizedes) / Geschütz-Vormeister / Gewehr-Vormeister / Unterjäger / Bataillonstambour / Waffenmeister 3. Klasse / Bataillonshornist||2 white stars|
|Corporal / Gunner-Corporal / Machinegun-Corporal/ Rifles-Corporal/ Battalion drummer / Weapon master 3rd class / Battalion bugler|
|OR-4||Zugsführer(Szakaszvezető) / Stabsführer / Kurschmied / Rechnungs-Unteroffizier 2. Klasse / Waffenmeister 2. Klasse||3 white stars|
|(en equivalent: Master Corporal - MCpl) / Baton leader / Health smith / Fiscal Sergeant 2nd class / Weapon master 2nd class|
|OR-5||Feldwebel (Őrmester) / Wachtmeister / Feuerwerker / Oberjäger / Rechnungs-Unteroffizier I. Klasse / Waffenmeister I. Klasse / Regimentstambour / Regimentshornist / Einjährig-Freiwilliger-Feldwebel / Kadett-Feldwebel (only until 1908)||3 white stars, 13mm imperial-yellow silk galloon|
|Master-sergeant / Cavaly master-sergeant / Artillery master-sergeant] / Rifles master-sergeant / Fiscal Sergeant 1st class / Weapon master 1st class / Regiment drummer / Regiment bugler / Feldwebel - volunteer serving one year / Cadet-Feldwebel|
|OR-6||Stabsfeldwebel (Törzsőrmester) / Stabswachtmeister / Stabsfeuerwerker / Stabsoberjäger||until 1914: 3 white stars, 13mm imperial-yellow silk galloon with 2mm broad black middle strap, 3mm above a 6mm braiding
since June 1914: silver galloon with silk stars
|1st Sergeant / Cavalry 1st sergeant / Artillery 1st sergeant / Rifles 1st sergeant|
|OR-7/OA||Kadett-Offiziersstellvertreter (Hadapród-Tiszthelyettes), cancelled in 1908||Golden galloon as to Feldwebel with 1 silver plated star|
|established in 1908
||3 white stars (since June 1914 from silk) on 13mm gold galloon|
|OR-8||Offiziersstellvertreter (Tiszthelyettes) since 1915||one 13mm silver galloon, above one 6mm galloon with one brass star|
|OR-9/OA||Fähnrich (Zászlós)||1 silver star on 13mm (since June 1914 from silk) on 13mm gold galloon|
Officers and officials
|Grade||Rank in German (Hungarian), equivalent in English||Rank insignia|
|OF1/XII||Praktikant (N.N.)||1 rosette with 13mm gold galloon|
|OF1/XI||Untertierarzt / Akzessist / Assistent / Lehrer 2. Klasse / Fechtmeister 2. Klasse / Wirtschaftsadjunkt||1 gold/silver embroidered star rosette|
|Veterinarian junior grade/ Accessist / Assistant (civilian army branch)/ Teacher 2nd class (civilian army branch)/ Fencing-master 2nd class / Economy adjunct (civilian army branch)|
|OF1/XI||Leutnant / (Hadnagy) / Assistenz-Arzt / Leutnant-Rechnungsführer||1 gold/silver embroidered star|
|Lieutenant / Assistant medical doctor / Fiscal lieutenant|
|OF1/XI||Tierärztlicher Assistent / Tierarzt / Apotheker / Offizial / Lehrer 1. Klasse / Fechtmeister 1. Klasse / Wirtschaftsunterverwalter / Kriegswirtschaftskommissär||2 gold/silver embroidered star rosettes|
|Veterinarian assistant / Veterinarian / Pharmacist / Official (civilian army branch)/ Teacher 1st class (civilian army branch)/ Fencing instructor 1st class / Economy manager junior grade (civilian army branch)/ War economy commissioner (civilian army branch)|
|OF1/X||Artillerieingenieur-Assistent / Militär-Bauingenieur-Assistent||2 gold/silver embroidered stars|
|Artillery assistant engineer / Military construction engineer assistant|
|OF1/X||Oberleutnant (Főhadnagy) / Oberarzt / Oberleutnant-Auditor / Oberleutnant-Rechnungsführer|
|First Lieutenant / Assistant medical director / Auditor first lieutenant / Fiscal first lieutenant|
|OF2/IX||Tierärztliche Adjunkt / Obertierarzt / Oberapotheker / Oberoffizial / Oberlehrer / Oberfechtmeister / Wirtschaftsverwalter / Kriegswirtschafts-Oberkommissär / Forstverwalter||3 gold/silver embroidered star rosettes|
|Veterinarian adjunct / Veterinarian senior grade/ Pharmacist senior grade/ Official senior grade (civilian army branch) / Teacher senior grade/ Fencing-instructor senior grade / Economy manager (civilian army branch)/ War economy first commissioner (civilian army branch)/ Forest-administrator (civilian army branch)|
|OF2/IX||Sekretär der Militärkanzlei Sr. Majestät / Unterintendant / Artillerie-Ingenieur / Militär-Bauingenieur||3 gold/silver embroidered stars|
|Secretary of the military office of His Majesty / Director junior grade/ Artillery engineer / Military construction engineer|
|OF2/IX||Hauptmann (Százados) / Rittmeister / Regimentsarzt / Hauptmann-Auditor / Hauptmann-Rechnungsführer|
|Captain / Captain cavalery / Regimental medical doctor / Captain auditor / Fiscal Captain|
|OF3/VIII||Stabsarzt / Stabstierarzt / Stabsapotheker / Technischer Rat / Rechnungsrat / Zahlmeister / Registrator / Artilleriezeugsverwalter / Verpflegsverwalter / Oberlehrer / Wirtschaftsoberverwalter / Kriegswirtschafts-Rat||1 gold/silver embroidered star rosette on 33mm gold/silver balloon|
|Veterinarian senior grade/ Pharmacist senior grade / Technical consultant (civilian army branch)/ Financing consultant (civilian army branch)/ Paymaster / Registry official / Artillery supply administrator / Food administrator / Senior teacher / Senior economy administrator / War economy consultant|
|OF3/VIII||Sekretär der Militärkanzlei Sr. Majestät / Intendant / Artillerie-Oberingenieur 3. Klasse / Militär-Bauoberingenieur 3. Klasse||1 gold/silver embroidered star on 33mm gold/silver balloon|
|Secretary of the military office of His Majesty / Intendant / Senior artillery engineer 3rd class / Military construction engineer 3rd class|
|OF3/VIII||Major (Őrnagy) / Stabsarzt / Major-Auditor|
|Major / Surgeon / Major auditor|
|OF4/VII||Außerordentlicher Professor / Oberstabstierarzt / Oberstabsapotheker 2. Klasse / Technischer Oberrat / Artillerie-Oberzeugsverwalter 2. Klasse / Oberrechnungsrat 2. Klasse / Kassendirektor 2. Klasse / Oberverpflegsverwalter / Registratur-Unterdirektor / Wirtschaftsdirektor / Kriegwirtschafts-Oberrat 2. Klasse||2 gold/silver embroidered star rosettes on 33mm gold/silver balloon|
|Extraordinary professor (civilian army branch)/ Major veterinarian / Major pharmacist 2nd class / Senior technical adviser / Senior artillery supply administrator 2nd class (civilian army branch)/ Senior financing consultant 2nd class (civilian army branch)/ Cashier`s office director 2nd class / Senior food administrator / Registry official director junior grade/ Economy director / Senior war economy consultant 2nd class|
|OF4/VII||Hofsekretär der Militärkanzlei Sr. Majestät / Sekretär der Militärkanzlei Sr. Majestät / Oberintendant 2. Klasse / Artillerie-Oberingenieur 2. Klasse / Militär-Bauoberingenieur 2. Klasse||2 gold/silver embroidered stars on 33mm gold/silver balloon|
|Court-secretary of the military office of His Majesty / Secretary of the military office of His Majesty / Senior director 2nd class / Senior artillery director 2nd class / Senior military construction engineer 2nd class|
|OF5/VI||Ordentlicher Professor / Oberstabsapotheker 1. Klasse / Technischer Rat 1. Klasse / Technischer Oberrat 1. Klasse / Artillerie-Oberzeugsverwalter 1. Klasse / Oberrechnungsrat 1. Klasse / Registratur-Direktor / Kassendirektor 1. Klasse / Baurechnungsrat 1. Klasse / Kriegswirtschafts-Oberrat 1. Klasse||3 gold/silver embroidered stars rosettes on 33mm gold/silver balloon|
|Ordinary professor(civilian army branch) / Major pharmacist 1st class / Technical adviser 1st class / Senior technical adviser 1st class /Senior artillery supply administrator 1st class (civilian army branch)/ Senior financing consultant 1st class (civilian army branch)/ Registry director (civilian army branch)/ Cashier`s office director 1st class / Senior war economy consultant 1st class (civilian army branch)|
|OF5/VI||Sektionsrat der Militärkanzlei Sr. Majestät / Regierungsrat der Militärkanzlei Sr. Majestät / Oberintendant 1. Klasse / Artillerie-Oberingenieur 1. Klasse / Militär-Bauoberingenieur 1. Klasse'||3 gold/silver embroidered stars on 33mm gold/silver balloon|
|Section-consultant of the military office of His Majesty / Senior administrative officer of the military office of His Majesty / Senior director 1st class / Senior artillery engineer 1st class / Senior military construction engineer 1st class|
|OF5/VI||Oberst (Ezredes) / Oberstabsarzt 1. Klasse / Oberst-Auditor|
|OF6/V||Hofrat der Militärkanzlei Sr. Majestät / Generalintendant / Artillerie-Generalingenieur / General-Bauingenieur / Hofrat der Mil. Tierärztlichen Hochschule / Ministerialrat / Kriegwirtschafts-Generalrat||1 silver embroidered star on 33mm gold balloon|
|Court-consultant of the military chancellery office of His Majesty / General-indendant / Artillery general-engineer / Construction general-engineer / Court-consultant of the veterinarian high school / Superior counsellor in a ministerial department / War economy director-general|
|OF6/V||Generalmajor / (Vezérőrnagy) / Generalstabsarzt / General-Auditor||1 silver embroidered star on 33mm gold balloon|
|OF7/IV||Sektionschef||2 silver embroidered stars on 33mm gold balloon|
||2 silver embroidered stars on 33mm gold balloon|
||3 silver embroidered stars on 33mm gold balloon|
|OF9/II||Generaloberst (Vezérezredes) since 1915||3 silver embroidered stars, underlaid by a 40mm silver embroidery wreath on 33mm gold balloon|
|OF10/I||Feldmarschall (Tábornagy)||33mm gold embroidery with oak leaves directed below|
Members of the military personal status
Enlisted ranks OR1 to OR4
|Bezeichnung||Enlisted men OR1/ private ranks|
|Bezeichnung||Enlisted men OR2/ private 1st Class ranks|
|(English)||(Private 1st class)||(Rifle 1st class)||(Gunner 1st class)||(Private 1st class)||(Private 1st class)||(Private 1st class)|
|Bezeichnung||Enlisted men OR3/ lance corporal ranks|
|Rank description||Korporal k.u.k.
|(English)||(Cpl k.u.k. cyclistes)||(Regimental musician corporal)||(Montain infantry corporal)||(Corporal)||(Gunner-corporal)||(Corporal)||(Corporal porter unit)||(Corporal)|
|Bezeichnung||Enlisted men OR4/ master corporal ranks|
|(Zugsführer)||(Health smith)||(Weapon master
|(Zgf mil. engineering)||(Zgf vehicle troops)||(Zgf Medical corps)|
NCO ranks OR5 to OR6
|Designation||Feldwebel ranks OR5/ sergeant ranks|
|Rank description||Feldwebel||Kadett-Feldwebel||Oberjäger||Kadett-Oberjäger||Wachtmeister||Kadett-Wachtmeister||Feuerwerker||Kadett-Feuerwerker||Feldwebel (Musikkorps)|
|Branch||Infantry||Mountain infantry||Cavalry||Artillery||Military band|
|(English)||(Master-sergeantl)||(Cadet master-sergeant)||(Rifles master-sergeant)||(Cadet master-sergeant )||(Cavalry
|(Cadet master-sergeant)||(Artillery master-sergeant)||(Cadet master-sergeant)||(Musician master sergeant)|
|Designation||Stabsfeldwebel ranks/ staff sergeant ranks|
|Branch||Infantry||Mountain infantry||Cavalry||Artillery||Military band|
|(English)||(1st sergeant)||(Rifles 1st sergeant)||(Cavalry 1st sergeant)||(Artillery 1st sergeant)||(Military bandmaster)|
Higher Staff NCO-ranks and officer aspirant (OA) ranks
|Low grade officers|
The embroideries of the collars of the ranks major to colonel were always in the same color as the tunic buttons (silver/gold). The rank stars were converse (silver embroidery - golden star(s))
The ranks lieutenant to captain had stars in the same color as the tunic buttons.
|Designation||Commander in chief and generals|
||General der Waffengattung|| Feldmaschalleutnant
||General of the branch
|| Lieutenant field-marshal: also
(equiv. Lieutenant general)
In the course of uniform reorganisation pertaining the Imperial-Royal Landwehr (de: k.k. Landwehr), the service coat (de: Waffenrock or Unifiormrock) of all enlisted personnel was subsidized by a tunic (de: Bluse) in general. The rotary coloured gorget was replaced by a "gorget patch" (de: Paroli) in the particular corps colour and with rank insignias. According to the special function, e.g. as member to a "machine gun unit", the Edelweiss on the gorget patch was replaced appropriate.
Enlisted men guards
In the Austrian-Hungarian armed forces there existed five guard units. In two of them served exclusively officer grades. The remaining three of them were called “Enlisted men guards” (de: Mannschaftsgarden).
|Rank||Descripion of the rank insignia|
|Gardeinfanterist / Gardereiter||Guard infantry man / Guard trooper||15mm broad imperial yellow silk galloon; three white stars from silk; scarlet corps colour|
|Gardekorporal (Guard infantry)||Guard corporal||18mm broad imperial yellow silk galloon (divided by a 1mm broad black stripe); three white stars from silk; scarlet corps colour|
|Gardezugsführer (Guard infantry)||Guard sergeant||20mm broad imperial yellow silk galloon (divided by a 1mm broad black stripe); three white stars from silk; scarlet corps colour|
|2. Gardewachtmeister (Guard cavalry)||Guard master sergeant 2nd class||20mm broad imperial yellow silk galloon (divided by a 1mm broad black stripe); three white stars from silk; scarlet corps colour|
|Gardefeldwebel (Guard infantry)||Guard master sergeant||22mm broad imperial yellow silk galloon (divided by a 1mm broad black stripe); three white stars from silk; scarlet corps colour|
|1. Gardewachtmeister (Guard cavalry)||Guard master sergeant 1st class||22mm broad imperial yellow silk galloon (divided by a 1mm broad black stripe); three white stars from silk; scarlet corps colour|
|Trabanten-Leibgarde||Companion life-guards||18mm broad imperial yellow silk galloon (divided by a 1mm broad black stripe); three white stars from silk; ponceau-red corps colour|
|Vizeskondewachtmeister der Trabanten-Leibgarde||2nd vice master sergeant of the companion life-guards||20mm broad imperial yellow silk galloon (divided by a 1mm broad black stripe); three white stars from silk; ponceau-red corps colour|
There was no difference between the rank insignias of the officers in comparison to regular troops.
Estate riflemen troops
k.k. Estate riflemen units and companies were established in the 15th/16th century and did belong to the so-called Landwehr (en: home guard). However, k.k. Estate riflemen troops did not wear regular uniforms. After k.k. Estate riflemen troops had to be involved in 1915 to regular military engagement, the Austrian-Hungarian administration was forced to procure these units with regular uniforms. To emphasise the character and status of the Estate riflemen, they did wear slightly different rank insignias. Officer collar patches showed a gold embroidered rosette. Pertaining enlisted personnel and NCOs the rosette was silver embroidered. Because silver and gold embroidery was deficit, the rosettes were finally replaced by celluloid stars, as this was the case to regular troops. The rank insignias were fixed on the collar patches (de: Parolis) showing at the background the corps colour of the Riflemen infantry (also: Hunter-troops or Riflemen-troops; de: Jägertruppe) "Grass-green". Tyrolese collar patches showed the silver metallic "Tyrol eagle" behind the rosette/star. For the Vorarlberg estate riflemen the eagle was replaced by a white metallic shield with the "Vorarlberg coat of arms".
Major was the highest rank of the Estate riflemen troops.
As regards to military officials, there were in force exactly the same rules who applied to military officer ranks. However, military officials wore only four-leaved star rosettes instead of the rank stars (the only acceptation: officials with explicit star ranks!).
Fiscal officials (de: Rechnungsführer) in line service have been procured always with silver color buttons.
- Further exemptions from the principal rule are described as follows
- Military officials with port epée: Staff ranks wore a gallon with put on "crucial band ornament" (de: Kreuzbandmuster)
- Military commissariat official: in the Common Army – golden color buttons; in the home guard (de: Landwehr) silver color buttons
- Military construction engineers: in the Common Army – silver color buttons; in the home guard golden color buttons),
- Military officials without port epée: Staff ranks wore a galloon with "waved crucial band ornament" (de: gewelltes Kreuzbandmuster)
- Auditors: in the Common Army gold color buttons; in the Home guard silver buttons
- Military surgeon officer corps: in the Common Army gold color buttons; in the Home guard silver buttons (with the appropriate variations of collar)
Fähnrich (Deutsche Uniform)
(Fenrik, German uniform)
For the rank insignias and ranks in the Austro-Hungarian Navy see:
⇒ see main article Ranks in the Austro-Hungarian Navy
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- Rank stars who consisted of relief metal were officially procured by the military administration
- The abbreviation "OF" stands for "officer / officier"
- Austro-Hungarian Army staff officer ranks from major (OF3) onwards had to were embroidered rank stars
- The abbreviation "OR" stands for "Other Ranks / fr: sous-officiers et militaires du rang / ru:другие ранги, кроме офицероф"
- Officer rank stars basically showed the button-colour of the uniform jacket i.g. gold coloured or silver coloured respectively brass coloured or white alloy.