K003580 DECK PERSONNEL'S PROTECTIVE LEATHER JACKET. (Lederjacke für Deckpersonal)

BACKGROUND: Protective leather jackets, pants and coveralls were listed as special clothing and were issued to engine personnel, certain deck and bridge personnel and U-Boat personnel when engaged in specific functions. The protective leather garments came in a variety of styles and colors for specific personnel. This particular style of protective leather jacket was designed for use by deck and bridge personnel. Of Note: The German’s concern with leather shortages was evident as early as July 1937 when the Kriegsmarine issued regulations that the protective leather uniforms were only to be issued when necessary in at attempt to conserve the leather and that they were to be returned to a vessels stores for reissued as required, although it appears the order was not strictly adhered to. Officer and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the Navy’s Offizierkleiderkasse, (Officer’s Clothing Account) system. 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. 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: Nice quality, private purchase, three quarter length, double breasted style, multi-panel, grey leather construction jacket with small fold back lapels and a large lay down collar. The jacket features two parallel, vertical rows of five front closure buttons with the corresponding button holes position only on the left side of the front closure edge. The jacket has vertical slash lower breast pockets and an additional two horizontal slash hip pockets with straight edged flaps. The reverse of the jacket has a central vertical seam and a dual-ply, horizontal simulated half-belt positioned at the waistline. The jacket has straight cut, non-adjustable sleeve cuffs. The large lay down collar has a separate, dual button holed, leather tab secured by a two molded black bakelite buttons positioned beneath the left side with a corresponding button positioned beneath the right side for a secure neck closure in inclement weather. The interior of the jacket is fully lined with heavy charcoal grey wool to the body. Buttons are all replaced. Nice makers label, size marked 54. The jacket is worn and used condition with areas of light to moderate chafe wear and age and usage toning. Few sewing repairs. These jackets were designed to fit over the standard service uniform and this example is roughly size 40" chest. Just need the proper KM buttons restored to it.

GRADE *** 1/2                             PRICE $795.00

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