K012280 PEA JACKET & PANTS. (Seemannsjacke und Lang Hose)

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 Pea jacket was a basic, traditional, uniform item issued to enlisted personnel and Junior NCO’s, with minor variations, and followed the basic design of the Imperial German Navy and Reichsmarine Pea jackets. The Kriegsmarine utilized a white variety of pants and breeches including the standard issue navy blue straight legged pants, white dress, topical and drill pants, brown tropical pants and reed green and field-grey field pants. 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, (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, Kriegsmarine era, navy blue wool construction, three quarter length, double breasted style jacket with fold back, upswept, peak lapels and a small lay down collar. The jacket features two, vertical, parallel, rows of five front closure buttons with corresponding button eyelets on the left front panel. The right breast has a high quality hand embroidered national eagle in golden yellow threads with navy blue accent threads on a cut-out navy blue wool base. The eagle is neatly handstitched to the jacket. The straight cut, non-adjustable sleeve cuffs have a single row of horizontal stitching positioned about 10cm up from the bottom edge. KM buttons are a combination of original and period replaced stitching. The interior of the jacket is fully lined in black rayon. Original label to the interior pocket. Roughly a 36" chest. Comes with a nice pair of issued "BAK 43" marked trousers. Original owners name and service number are marked to the interior waist band. Roughly a size 30" waist. Nice set.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $595.00

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