The Kappenabzeichen of the 49th Infantry Regiment featured already on the site here. Three versions of the cross-shaped badge were made. This post focuses on the most beautiful design decorated with oak leaves. All three badges are enameled, colorful, and it can be assumed that they cost a lot of money to buy. Since many wearing photos were taken with the basic version, it is also conceivable that some wealthy patron of the regiment, or perhaps the titular commander of the regiment, distributed free copies to the crew.
In this post, however, you can see the most exclusive copy in the picture. The young lieutenant probably even collected the gold medal for valor as a one-year volunteer. This is how I explain the wearing of the exclusive and rare badge: an outstanding person with an outstanding badge.