Kriegsmarine Reefer Jacket


Condition: Near Mint

SKU: JW3385 Category: Tags ,

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Product Description: This Kriegsmarine Reefer Jacket is a scarce, desirable, all-original piece, in outstanding condition. It’s double breasted, and made of a typical dark navy blue wool fabric, with a diagonal weave. These uniforms were worn without collar tabs or shoulder boards. The only insignia is a gorgeous Kriegsmarine officer breast eagle, hand embroidered in bullion wire, and neatly hand-stitched to the chest. The eagle has a great look, with slight, attractive age toning to the golden wire. All of the original “fouled anchor” Kriegsmarine buttons are intact, with wonderful, intact gold finish. There is a badge loop below the chest pocket opening. The interior is fully lined, with a black fabric used for the torso, and the usual striped sleeve lining. There is no maker marking, which is typical for tailor made officer uniforms such as this. The condition of this handsome Kriegsmarine Reefer Jacket rates as near mint, with only very minor wear in a few areas keeping it from being in absolute factory condition.



Historical Description: About 1.5 million men served in the German War Navy (Kriegsmarine) between 1939 and 1945. These men were equipped with a wide range of uniform garments for their often extremely challenging duties. There were standard service uniforms, dress uniforms, and a large variety of work clothing, from simple linen HBT garments worn by dock workers to leather jackets and trousers for duty on board seagoing vessels. Specialized coats and headgear were devised to keep sailors going in marine environments that were often cold and wet. There were tropical uniforms as well, for sailors serving in more southern latitudes. Many of these uniforms were adorned with insignia that indicated a sailor’s rank as well as his specialty or position. Officers typically procured their own uniforms, at their expense. Soldiers serving in Coastal Artillery units of the Kriegsmarine wore field gray uniforms, of wool or HBT, with distinctive Kriegsmarine insignia and buttons. Collectors today seek out and prize WWII German Kriegsmarine uniforms for their historic importance.


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