BACKGROUND: The old style service tunic was introduced for wear in the Reichswehr during the short lived Weimar era, and was replaced with the field blouse in the Third Reich, with an unspecified wearing out period.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Very nice quality, field-grey wool construction tunic with a subtle whipcord weave. The tunic features an eight button front closure with dual metal hooks and eyes at the neck. The edge of the left front closure panel is fully trimmed in red wool waffenfarbe while the edge of the right front closure panel has the red wool waffenfarbe running from the waistline to the bottom of the tail skirt. The tunic features two pleated patch breast pockets and two diagonally angled slash hip pockets, all with scalloped button down flaps. The right breast has a NCO/Officer’s quality, machine woven national eagle in bright silver/aluminum flat-wire threads, on a cut-out, woven greenish/tan rayon base and a cut-out field-grey wool backing. The eagle is neatly handstitched to the tunic. The left breast has two vertical and two horizontal thread loops for wear of awards plus an additional two above the pocket for a ribbon bar. The straight cut, non-adjustable, sleeves have deep, fold back French cuffs which are stitched in the upright position at both the inner and outer sleeve seams. The sleeves each have two horizontally aligned, strips of bright, Reichswehr era, woven silver yarn, waffle patterned NCO’s tress machine stitched to the top edge of the French cuffs. The tress signifies the owner had been appointed as a Hauptfeldwebel which would be the equivalent of a Company Sergeant Major. The designation of Hauptfeldwebel was not a rank but an appointed position. Hauptfeldwebel’s were commonly referred to as, "Der Spiess", (The Spear). The reverse of the tunic has a central, vertical, tail skirt vent with two belt ramp buttons situated at its top edge. The tunic has sewn on shoulder straps of blue/green badge cloth with red wool waffenfarbe. The shoulder straps feature bright, Reichswehr era, woven silver yarn, waffle patterned NCO’s tress to all the outside edges and two silver washed, stamped alloy, rank pips. The shoulder strap retaining buttons are intact. The tunic has a lay down, blue/green badge cloth collar with the typical zig-zag reinforcement stitching to the reverse. The forward edge of the collar is trimmed in bright, Reichswehr era, woven silver, waffle patterned NCO’s tress and features machine woven collar tab litzen in woven silver with interwoven red branch of service and center stripes. The collar tabs have an underlaying padding giving them a vaunted appearance and are mounted on rectangular red wool bases which are machine stitched in place. The interior of the tunic is fully lined in a grey cotton/rayon blend fabric with off white striped sleeves. The lining has two vertical slash "glove" pockets to the reverse of the tail skirt vent and a cut-out diagonally angled slash to the reverse of the left hip pocket for the sword/dagger hangers. The tunic is in overall very good condition with minimal nap wear to the cuff and collar edges. The NCO tress all shows light to moderate tarnish as a result of the high silver content and have an attractive yellowish patina. The tress to the forward edge of the collar is missing a few stitches. The buttons are all the silver washed, pebbled, magnetic sheet metal type and all but two appear to have their original stitching. The tunic is roughly size 34-36" chest. Shooting lanyard is also included. Beautiful tunic!.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,800.00

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