H009868 ANIMAL SKIN GREATCOAT. (Pelz Mantel)

BACKGROUND: The Greatcoat was an essential uniform item worn by all ranks, with minor variations, and followed the basic design of the Imperial German army’s greatcoat. During WWII the German army utilized at least thirteen different styles of greatcoats with numerous variations and intended purposes. Among these greatcoats was the fur lined, animal skin greatcoat designed for wear in extremely cold climates and for use by stationary guards, sentries and vehicle drivers. The animal skin greatcoats were issued for the winter season, (September 15TH to April 15TH), with other winter garments and were to be returned to the units storage depot at the end of the season for reissue the following year. 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.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Three quarter length, natural off-white, machine stitched, multi-panel, patchwork sheep skin construction parka with fold back lapels and a large lay down collar. Parka features an overlapping front closure with three leather reinforced, wooden dowel, "buttons" on the right panel with corresponding button eyelets. Collar has a button holed brown leather tab beneath the right side with corresponding button beneath the left collar for secure neck closure in inclement weather. Parka has two vertical slash pockets reinforced with leather situated at either side of the front of the chest and straight cut, non-adjustable sleeve cuffs. Interior of the parka, including the sleeves are fully lined in assorted white sheep’s wool. The parka shows heavy usage and wear with a cut to the right shoulder and front right panel in two places. The parka was cut large enough to fit over the standard service uniform that measures 108cm or 42.5" chest. Rbnr marked to interior pocket.

GRADE **                             PRICE $590.00 (Or Best Offer)

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