K011673 OFFICER’S MESS JACKET. (Kantine Rock für Offizier)

BACKGROUND: German Naval uniforms and headgear were based on traditional designs that date back to the creation of the Prussian Navy in 1848, and although uniforms and headgear did evolve during the interim years many items used during the Third Reich would still have been quite recognizable to the Imperial sailor. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and headgear and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the OKK, Offizier Kleiderkasse der Kriegsmarine, (Officer’s Clothing Account of the Navy). Generally Officers bought nice quality, private purchase, uniform items, although they could also choose to buy their uniforms directly from the military clothing depots. The mess dress uniform was only utilized as an optional item, on a limited basis, during the Weimar Reichsmarine, (National Navy, Circa 1919-1933), era but regulations of May 11TH 1936 reinstituted it’s use for Officers, Officials with the equivalent position of Officer’s ranks and senior NCO’s for formal and informal wear as required. The mess dress uniform followed the basic design of the Imperial mess dress and consisted of a short, waist length, double breasted style, jacket, a sleeveless vest, straight legged, long pants, a formal/dress style white shirt and a black bow tie. The standard mess dress uniform was in navy blue material while a white version for wear in foreign countries, or when order within greater Germany were also utilized. Of Note: The seldom encountered, Reichsmarine era mess jackets had the inclusion of slash, hip pockets which were discontinued in the 1936, Third Reich version. Regulations stated that the insignia worn on the navy blue mess jacket consisted of the appropriate sleeve rank stripes career insignia and a breast eagle while the insignia utilized on the white mess jacket consisted of the appropriate rank shoulder boards/straps and a breast eagle. Regulations in early 1939 introduced a breast eagle on a white background field for wear on the white mess jacket replacing the previous used breast eagle on a navy blue base field. Of Note: The insignia regulations for the mess jackets were not strictly adhered to. Further procurement of the mess dress uniform was restricted by regulations of February 21ST 1940 although the mess dress uniforms already in circulation continued to be worn on a limited basis.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Very nice officer’s blue wool mess jacket. Original buttons all complete. Nice tailors label. Engineering insignia to each sleeve. Roughly a 34" chest. Just needs a pair of sew on shoulder boards.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $539.00 (Or Best Offer)

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