K001881 OLD STYLE TROPICAL TUNIC. (Tropen Feldbluse alter 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 a 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. Of Note: Regulations of July 15TH 1940 prohibited further wear of the old style tunics with stand up collars.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, private purchase, 1929 pattern, tan cotton/rayon blend construction tunic features a six button front closure with dual metal hooks and eyes at neck. Tunic has two, pleated, patch, breast pockets with scalloped button down flaps and two, non-pleated, patch, hip pockets with non-flapped horizontal slash openings. Right breast has a die struck alloy national eagle with horizontal pin back device and additional vertical retaining tab to reverse. Sleeves have straight cut non-adjustable cuffs. Shoulder straps/boards have been removed, Both original retaining loops are present. All removable KM buttons are missing and will need to be replaced. Tunic has a short stand up collar with ten parallel, horizontal rows of reinforcement stitching. Nice Hamburg private tailors label. There are some brown stains scattered over the sleeves and body, these may clean up. Tunic is roughly size 38" chest. Just need a cleaning, buttons and shoulder boards.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $795.00

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