SOUTHWEST AFRICA – TUNIC – COLONIAL/HEIMETAT (HOME SERVICE) – OFFICER – FELDGRAU.
This is one of the most amazing colonial feldgrau tunics that we have ever offered, as well as being of the highest-quality and rarity. It is for an Oberleutnant who served in German Southwest Africa (Deutsche Südwest Afrika – DSW). The Colonial Feldgrau Tunic was correct for wear when the soldier returned from his service in DSW to Germany and was now considered correct for the Heimetat (Home Service). Officers of the Heimetat wore tunics like this, although they wore different pickelhauben. [We recently sold a Heimetat pickelhaube that, interestingly, was the LAST pickelhaube to be authorized for that service. It also was quite rare. We also sold a correct Heimetat officer’s brocade and belt. That brocade belt was 100% correct for this tunic].
The DSW colony was lost quite early in WW I, so many of its former officers who returned to Germany would have worn this tunic, not to mention officers who had returned to Germany PRIOR to the war’s outbreak. [PLEASE NOTE: This tunic is ALSO an M-1915 Friedensrock (Peace Coat)]!
The Colonial/Heimetat Feldgrau Tunic’s material is an ultra-high-quality, twill wool that feels quite smooth to the touch. A total of eight crowned silver buttons runs down the tunic’s center. The tunic’s handsome, blue collar is attached to a massive pair of silver bullion litzen, each of which measures 2” x 6.” The same blue runs down the tunic’s center and colors the cuffs. Each cuff sports a handsome, silver-bullion litzen and a silver-crowned button. Each shoulder board is of the sewn-in variety that displays an Oberleutnant’s single, gold pip. A small, silver-crowned button further secures each shoulder board. The correct, blue underlay covers the shoulder strap’s bottom. A small button also sits underneath the left shoulder strap, which would have had an aiguillette attached to it. The tunic’s left breast displays three sewn-in loops, measuring a total of 2.5” in length, for the accommodation of a three-to-five-place ribbon bar.
The Colonial/Heimetat Feldgrau Tunic’s reverse features six more silver-crowned buttons (three per side) attached to either side of the rear vent. The familiar blue trim also appears. The tunic’s interior reveals a complete, handsome, gray, silk liner that is in excellent condition.
I want to add one final word about ALL of the silver buttons on this Colonial/Heimetat Feldgrau Tunic. EVERY single one is made of frosted silver, and each is an absolute work of art.
The condition of this AMAZING Colonial/Heimetat Feldgrau Tunic is as close to perfect as you will ever see. It is the first of its type that I have seen. To my way of thinking, one would be absolutely unable to upgrade it!