K001081 FELDWEBEL HELMSMAN'S WHITE TROPICAL TUNIC. (Tropen Weisser Rock neuer Art)

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 the 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. The German navy also had a long tradition of brown and white tropical/landing dress that was worn in hot climates with the white uniform also serving as a walking out dress. The tradition was continued through the Weimar era and in 1929 the Reichsmarine introduced new brown and white tropical/landing dress uniforms with stand-up collars. In 1937 the Kriegsmarine introduced new style brown and white tropical uniforms with lay down collars. With the impending entrance into the North African campaign in late 1940 the Kriegsmarine developed another new tropical brown uniform independently from the Heer and Luftwaffe, but retained the 1937 pattern white uniform. Officer 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, (Officerís Clothing Account of the Navy). Although enlisted personnel were issued their uniforms and headgear from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately tailored items although the price may have been restrictive. Generally speaking officers bought nice quality, private purchase, uniform items but they could also choose to buy their uniforms directly from the military clothing depots.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, 1937 pattern, white rayon/cotton blend tunic with a pique weave features a vertical, four button front closure with small fold back peak lapels and a lay down collar. The tunic has four, pleated patch front pockets with scalloped button down flaps. The right breast has two vertical and one horizontal thread loops to secure a removable national eagle. The gilt washed, stamped alloy construction national eagle with out-stretched wings is included. The left breast has loops for wear of one award. The tunic has straight cut, non-adjustable sleeves with simulated French cuffs. The tunic has the detachable, pointed tip, "pass through" style shoulder straps in navy blue wool with ribbed, gilt aluminum tress to all the outside edges, a single rank pip and the gilt washed, stamped alloy, crossed anchors cypher to each. The pass through end of the shoulder straps have a navy blue wool covered, transverse wooden retaining dowel that is inserted through small slashes on the shoulder seams. The shoulder strap retaining buttons are intact. The shoulder strap signify the rank of feldwebel serving as a Helmsman. The tunic has no collar tabs as per regulations. The tunic has an unlined interior with no visible size or manufacturers markings. Removable KM buttons are complete. The tunic is in overall very good condition with minimal age and usage toning. The tunic is roughly size 36" chest.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,249.00

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