Below is a photograph showing an enlarged view of the breast eagle found on this tunic. Easy to see is the fact that the eagle has been permanently machine sewn into position by a loop stitch process commonly used in Germany that leaves no edge of the eagle exposed to fraying.
The photo below is showing an enlarged view of the underside of one (1) of the coat's two (2) pocket flaps. Easily seen is the fact that it is underlined with a coarse weave fabric to give the button hole extra wear protection.
Below is a photo showing an enlarged view of the number "42" as it appears stamped in ink on the interior lining of this item.
PROVENANCE AND CONDITION OF ARTIFACTS
Unless stated elsewhere in this description, this item is completely original to the pre May 1945 period. Moreover, it is in suitable condition to be displayed, handled or otherwise included in any collection of original World War II German militaria without alteration or treatment of any kind.
Unfortunately, most of the items that are being presented under the listing of Kriegsmarine have been acquired by RARE MILITARIA from various sources over a period in excess of forty (40) years. Consequently, in most instances, it is virtually impossible at this point for our firm to be able to provide you with any reliable level of provenance vis a vis the actual original owner of this uniform and any accessories. We are prepared, nevertheless, to guarantee that the components used in their manufacture, as well as the procedures in the assembly, fully comport with all standards employed by German industry before May 1945.