H043090 ANIMAL SKIN GREATCOAT "POW". (Pelz Mantel)

BACKGROUND: The Greatcoat was an essential uniform item worn by all ranks, with minor variations, and followed the basic design of the Imperial German army’s greatcoat. During WWII the German army utilized at least thirteen different styles of greatcoats with numerous variations and intended purposes. Among these greatcoats was the fur lined, animal skin greatcoat designed for wear in extremely cold climates and for use by stationary guards, sentries and vehicle drivers. The animal skin greatcoats were issued for the winter season, (September 15TH to April 15TH), with other winter garments and were to be returned to the units storage depot at the end of the season for reissue the following year. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the army’s Kleiderkasse, (Clothing Account), system. The Officers and certain senior NCO’s could choose to purchase their uniforms from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase garments of higher quality. Although enlisted personnel were issued their uniforms from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately tailored uniforms although the price may have been restrictive.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Full length, heavy, natural off-white, machine stitched, multi-panel, patchwork sheep skin construction greatcoat with white, kid leather, seam bind strips and a field-grey wool, lay down collar. One of the three original front wooden dowel "buttons" remains and has almost pulled loose. The greatcoat has two, slightly diagonally angled, slash, hip pockets with white, kid leather, reinforcement strip edging. The greatcoat has a large, lay down, field-grey wool collar. The greatcoat has no collar tabs as per regulations. The reverse of the collar has an opened, horizontal seam with an extended, vertical, button holed, cotton twill closure tab and a corresponding button. The reverse, opened, collar seam houses a small, ribbed, grey cotton twill hood. The interior of the greatcoat, including the sleeves are fully lined in sheep’s wool. The greatcoat was cut large enough to fit over the standard service uniform and this example would fit about a size 44" chest. Worn and used example showing the expected age and wear. Letter's "PW" on the back indicating it was used by a prisoner of war (POW).

GRADE ****1/4                                 PRICE $495.00

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