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 recognisable to the Imperial sailor. The Reefer jacket was a basic uniform item intended for all ranks, with minor variations, and followed the basic design of the Imperial German Navy Reefer jacket. 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). 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, issued, navy blue wool construction, three quarter length, double breasted style jacket features fold back, peak lapels and a lay down collar and has two, vertical, parallel, rows of five, front closure buttons with corresponding button eyelets on the left front panel and a single button eyelet on the right front panel. The right front panel button eyelet has a corresponding button on the interior of the left front panel. The top button on each side are ornamental and not functional. The right breast has a hand embroidered national breast eagle with out-stretched wings, clutching a wreathed, canted swastika in it’s talons, in bright gilt wire threads with gilt bullion and pale tan accent threads, mounted on a cut-out, navy blue, wool base. The eagle is neatly handstitched to the jacket. The left breast features a small, slightly diagonally angled, horizontal slash, pocket. Award loops for one breast badge. The jacket has two, horizontal slash, front, hip pockets with straight edged flaps. The sleeves have straight cut, non-adjustable cuffs and each sleeve has ordnance officers insignia. Nice pair of sew on Oberfähnrich shoulder boards. All the buttons are the bright, gilted, stamped alloy type with an embossed fouled anchor on a horizontally ribbed field with a simulated, twisted, rope outer border. The buttons are all still clean and bright and appear to have their original stitching. Lining well marked with faint white inkstamp, "B.A.W. 4. 6. 41", in a "T" shaped border for, Bekleidungsamt, (Clothing depot), Wilhelmshaven April 6th 1941. The jacket is roughly a size 36" chest. Super nice jacket.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $1,190.00

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