K011060 NCO/OFFICER'S GREATCOAT. (Tuchmantel)

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. The greatcoat was carried over from the Imperial German Navy, on into the Weimar Reichsmarine era, (National Navy, Circa 1919-1933), and on into the Third Reich. Although the German army utilized at least thirteen different styles of greatcoats with numerous variations and intended purposes for all ranks, Kriegsmarine greatcoats were only manufactured in four, main variations and wear was limited to Senior NCO’s, Officer Candidates and Officers ranks. Of Note: Additional heavier, guard coats and surcoats were also issued as special clothing as required. The long tail skirts of the greatcoat made them rather impractical for on-board wear and the shorter, more practical, reefer and pea style jackets were more commonly worn. Regulations dictated that the only insignia to be worn on the greatcoats were removable shoulder boards. 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).

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, private purchase, navy blue wool construction, double breasted style, full length, greatcoat features fold back lapels and a lay down collar. The greatcoat has dual, vertical, parallel, rows of six, front closure buttons with corresponding stitched, button eyelets on the right front panel and a single button eyelet on the left front panel, positioned at the waistline, with an internal, corresponding button. The greatcoat also has a single, large metal hook and eye positioned at the forward neckline. The greatcoat has two, diagonally angled, slash, front, hip pockets with slightly angular flaps, situated at the waistline. The greatcoat has straight cut, non-adjustable sleeves with deep, fold back, French cuffs which are tacked in the upright position at both the inner and outer sleeve seams. The reverse of the greatcoat has a horizontal, ornamental, half waist belt with dual, retaining buttons positioned at the waistline and a central, opened, vertical tail skirt vent with a four button closure. The tail skirt vent runs from the just below the half waist belt down to the bottom edge of the coat. The greatcoat has small metal hooks positioned at both sides of the bottom front closure panels, and additional small metal hooks positioned at both sides of the reverse tail skirt vent with dual, corresponding, horizontal thread loops situated at the side seams just below the waistline. The metal hooks and thread loops allowed the wearer to hook the tail skirt up out of the way when mounted or on the march. The waistline also has four, small, evenly spaced, vertical slashes for the belt support hooks but the support hooks are absent. The greatcoat has the sewn on shoulder boards removed with the shoulder seams still cut opened as evidence, but the shoulder boards retaining buttons are intact. The lay down collar has the typical zig-zag reinforcement stitching to the reverse. The reverse of the left collar has two buttons and an extended, dual button holed, navy blue wool tab with a single, corresponding button on the reverse of the right side of the collar for a secure neck closure in inclement weather. The greatcoat has no collar tabs as per regulations. The interior of the greatcoat is partially lined in ribbed, black cotton/rayon to the upper breast and back panels, with brushed black rayon lining to the sleeves. The lining has a horizontal, slash, pocket to the left breast panel. The greatcoat has no visible size or manufacturer’s markings. The greatcoat is in overall good condition with light to moderate age and usage toning and nap wear through-out and a couple of small tears. The front closure, the reverse half waist belt and the shoulder board buttons, are a combination of the matte grey painted, coastal artillery and standard navy, alloy and magnetic sheet metal types with an embossed, fouled, anchor on pebbled or horizontally ribbed, fields with a plain or simulated, twisted, rope outer borders. The single interior button, the under the collar and the tail skirt buttons are a combination of the molded, black bakelite and green glass types and most appear to have their original stitching. Most of the glass buttons are broken. The greatcoat is roughly size 42" chest. Scarce Kriegsmarine greatcoat.

GRADE ***1/4                             PRICE $325.00

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