Kriegsmarine Officer's Reefer Jacket
Always a very attractive display item, this Kriegsmarine Officer’s reefer Jacket was tailored for Leutnant zur See Vollstedt by the firm of Armon Ketelfen in Cuxhafen during Febuary 1943.
Rank markings show the two stripes of an Oberleutnant surmounted by the five pointed sea star of a line officer and no doubt reflect Vollstedt’s later promotion. Below the left breast pockets are to two sets of award loops and two holes where an award has been pinned, whilst the ribbon of the Iron Cross Second Class is stitched in place in the second button hole. In line with the top of the five button double breasted closure arrangement is an excellent celleon thread eagle. All buttons are in place, well matched and most, if not all are by Assmann.
In accordance with regulations the jackets is without rear vents and both hip pockets are concealed by a horizontal flap. Inside, the lining is of a smooth blue/black artificial silk with two pockets whilst the sleeves are lined with a stripped tailor’s material.
Overall appears of the jacket is very good although it would greatly benefit from dry cleaning to remove spill marks and the general accumulation of dust and dirt on the quality blue wool cloth over the years. Much more important are a group of moth holes at the front on the lower left side which I have shown in the pictures. At some stage someone has coloured in the exposed lining material to make them less obvious. Both cuffs show wear and one further moth hole is evident just above the inside left cuff .
The Jacket is a large size with perhaps a 38 - 40” chest.