H006581 GENERAL’S UNIFORM GROUPING. (Anzug Gruppe für General Offizier)

BACKGROUND: The Third Reich era, (Circa 1933-1945), Officer’s service tunic followed the basic design of the EM/NCO’s field blouse with the most readily visible difference, besides the insignia, being the turned up French cuffs. The Officer’s service tunic was originally manufactured with a field-grey, badge cloth collar which was altered to blue/green badge cloth as per regulations of 1935. The ornamented service tunic was introduced for wear by all Officer’s ranks on July 12TH 1937 as an optional alternative to the M35 Waffenrock, (Dress Tunic), for semi-dress wear, although the Waffenrock was still required for formal and parade dress to maintain uniformity. The cut of the ornamented service tunic was basically identical to the standard Officer’s service tunic with the addition of branch of service piping to the top of the French cuffs, the front closure panels and around the forward edge of the collar. The service tunics for General’s ranks of Generalmajor to Generalfeldmarschall were distinguished from Field and Company grade Officers by golden insignia and the distinctive Arabesque style "Larisch" pattern collar tabs that were based on uniform ornamentation of the 26TH Prussian Infantry Regiment, Alt-Larisch of the 1800's. Originally the long pants and breeches were produced in stone grey fabric until 1940 when regulations dictated that newly produced long pants be constructed in field-grey fabric. The pants and breeches for Generals ranks of Generalmajor up to and including Generalfeldmarschall were distinguished with the addition of bright red, adornment stripes positioned vertically on the outside leg seams. Officers and certain Senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the army’s Kleiderkasse, (Clothing Account), system. The Officers and certain Senior NCO’s could choose to purchase their uniforms from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase garments of higher quality. Although enlisted personnel were issued their uniforms from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately tailored uniforms although the price may have been restrictive. Normally the different branches of service within the army were allocated a specific, identifying, waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), that was displayed on the collar tabs and other uniform ornamentation although all General’s ranks were the exception to the rule and utilized bright red waffenfarbe to indicate their rank position regardless of their actual branch of service.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The uniform grouping consists of ornamented service tunic and trousers. Very nice quality, private purchase, field-grey, wool/rayon blend construction ornamented service tunic with a pronounced whipcord weave and features a vertical, five button front closure with dual, metal, hooks and eyes positioned at the forward neckline. Both the left and right front closure edge panels are trimmed in bright red wool, waffenfarbe piping. The tunic has four pleated, front pockets with scalloped, button down flaps. The right breast has an General Officer’s quality, hand embroidered, national eagle with out-stretched wings, clutching a wreathed, canted swastika in it’s talons, in bright, gilt wire threads with bright, gilt bullion and golden accent threads, mounted on a cut-out, dark, blue/green, badge cloth base. The eagle is neatly handstitched in place. The left breast has ten horizontal and seven vertical, thread loops, for wear of five awards and a ribbon/medal bar. The right breast has loops for a German Cross. The straight cut, non-adjustable, sleeves have deep, turned up French cuffs which are tacked into the upright position at both the inner and outer seams and have their top edges trimmed in bright red wool waffenfarbe piping. The reverse of the tunic has a central, vertical, tail skirt vent. The tunic has sewn on shoulder boards featuring three, interwoven strands of Russian braiding with a central, silver/aluminum braid flanked by dual, gilt bullion braids with double rank pips all mounted a red wool bases. The shoulder board’s retaining buttons are intact. The tunic has a lay down, blue/green badge cloth collar with bright red, wool waffenfarbe piping to the forward edge. The collar has nice quality, pre-July 15TH 1938 pattern, collar tabs with bright red wool bases featuring hand embroidered Arabesque style "Larisch" pattern ornamentation in bright, gilt wire threads. The Larisch pattern ornamentation consists of two, triple pointed, vertical prongs to both the top and bottom edges with a decorative, horizontal, arrow head shaped ornamentation to the forward edge and down-swept, flared tail shaped decoration near the reverse edge. The center of the Larisch ornamentation has a narrow, elongated section of the red wool base visible. The collar tabs are machine stitched to the collar. The interior of the tunic is fully lined in ribbed, greyish/green rayon with an off-white rayon sleeve lining. The lining has a horizontal, slash, pocket to the left breast and a small, horizontal, field-grey wool reinforced, slash to the reverse of the external left hip pocket for the dagger/sword hanger. The left side seam of the lining has a short, vertical, green HBT rayon strap with a nickel/silver plated, steel friction clip, also for the dagger/sword hanger. Nice private tailors label. The buttons are a of the bright, gilt washed, pebbled, types and all look to have original stitching. The tunic is roughly size, 34/36" chest. The tunic comes with a nice quality, private purchase, wool construction straight legged, long, pants with a vertical, four button French fly with an additional, metal hook and eye situated on the waistband. The top edge of the fly also has an additional button with an internal, horizontally extended strap with a single button eyelet. The pants have two, slightly diagonally angled, slash, front pockets and a small, horizontal slash, watch pocket positioned at the bottom edge of the right front waistband. The outer leg side seams each feature narrow, vertical, red wool piping flanked on either side by roughly, 1 5/8", (4.2cm), wide red wool, adornment stripes, all machine stitched in place. All original buttons and stitching. Roughly a size 34" waist. Superb set, all in untouched original condition. Nice!

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $11,995.00

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