N040280 DRK GREATCOAT. (Tuchmantel)

BACKGROUND: The DRK, Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross), was a voluntary civil assistance organization that was originally instituted in 1864 and was officially acknowledged by the Geneva Convention on July 27TH 1929. On December 9TH 1937 the DRK gained the status of a legally recognized organization by the NSDAP. As with other essential services in Third Reich Germany the DRK came under control of the NSDAP in late 1938 under the auspices of the Ministry of the Interior Social Welfare Organization. DRK uniforms can be traced back to at least WWI and underwent minor modifications until August 6TH 1935 when major modifications were enacted including the introduction of the national eagle emblem with swastika. Further regulations in January 1938 dictated additional minor uniform modifications.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, early pattern, (pre-1939), charcoal grey wool/rayon blend construction, double breasted style, full length, greatcoat. The coat features dual, vertical, parallel, rows of six front closure buttons with corresponding button holes on both the left and right front panels, a metal hook and eye at the neck and small fold back lapels. The button holes on both of the front closure panels allowed the coat to be button up either left or right handedly. Of Note: This dual buttoning capability is a feature of early greatcoats as all but one button hole on the right front closure panel were abolished as per regulations on December 1ST 1939. The coat has two, slightly curved, diagonally angled, slash, front hip pockets with rounded forward edge flaps at the waistline. The sleeves have deep fold back French cuffs, which are stitched in the upright position at the sleeve seams. The reverse of the coat has an ornamental half-waist belt with dual buttons to the waistline. The coat has the 1938 pattern, sewn on shoulder straps of mid-grey wool with light grey wool piping. The mid-grey lay down collar has the typical zig-zag reinforcement stitching to reverse. The reverse of the left hand side of the collar has a dual, button holed, wool tab with corresponding retaining buttons. The wool tab was intended to be secured to a button on the reverse of the right hand side collar for secure closure in inclement weather. The collar has matching collar tabs in light grey wool with a red enameled red cross positioned to the center of each tab and twisted silver/aluminum cord piping. The collar tabs are machine stitched to the collar. The interior of the coat is partially lined in ribbed grey cotton twill, with a single horizontal slash pocket to the left breast panel. All original buttons and stitching. DRK "Wadern" sleeve eagle is machine stitching to the upper left sleeve. The greatcoats were designed to fit over the standard service uniform and this example is roughly size 40" chest. Other than a few tiny moth holes, the coat is in overall excellent condition. Nice.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $895.00

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