GERMAN WORLD WAR II KRIEGSMARINE ENLISTED MAN'S JUMPER
The photo below is showing an enlarged view of the eagle on this early, navy blue color, enlisted man's jumper from the 1934 period. The early styling of the eagle and swastika seen on this item, together with the wide stripe pattern around the neck and on the back collar flap and zig zag striping on the rank patch, strongly suggests the first owner of this uniform was a veteran of the Imperial navy who was in service, probably on reserve duty, when the eagle was first added to the naval uniform in July 1934.
The photograph below is showing the combined rank and specialty patch which is machine sewn to the upper left arm of this jumper. As noted above, the combining of these insignia on the same item is more consistent with either the Imperial or Weimar era naval uniforms.
Below is a photograph showing a greatly enlarged view of a portion of the combined rank and specialty patch that is permanently machine sewn to the upper left arm of this Kriegsmarine transition pattern, enlisted man's, navy blue colored jumper. Easily seen in this photo is the distinctive zig zag pattern sewn into the surface of the brocade that is consistent with both Imperial and Reichsmarine insignia. For reference, this zig zag stripe style was discontinued after 1933, however reservists undoubtedly still wore old insignia for a number of years thereafter when called up for temporary duty. In keeping with the early style of the jumper's back flap, it could be reasonably assumed that the original owner of this item was a veteran of either the Imperial or Weimar era navies respectively, who was in service in July 1934 when the eagle was added to the navy uniform.
The photo below is showing a reverse side view of the back flap on this jumper. Also seen in this photo is the location on the upper left arm of the specialty patch. Despite being in excellent condition, without any rips or major moth damage, the white striping on the back flap is noticeably discolored by rust in spots.
Below is a photo showing a rust mark on the right, bottom corner of the back flap on this jumper.
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.