A Second War German Luftwaffe Service Uniform with 1940 Side Cap
A Second War German Luftwaffe Service Uniform with 1940 Side Cap - This near mint uniform was a recently aquired in Toronto, Canada. It had been stored in an attic since the war and was sold during the estate sale. Includes three pieces: a tunic, pants and side cap. The tunic is fabricated from an extremely fine grade, smooth to the touch, bluish-gray wool. The shoulders are adorned with epaulette straps trimmed in angled yellow-gold cord and are held firmly in place by gilt aluminum buttons at one end and sewn in place at the opposite end, where they meet the sleeve seam. The full-length of the collar is trimmed in an angled yellow-gold cord, with both collar tabs in yellow-gold wool and without insignia, indicative of one of three positions in the Luftwaffe: Aircrews (Fliegertruppe), Airborne Parachute Troops (Fallschirmtruppe) or Ground Personnel. The right breast exhibits a nicely-detailed, embroidered light gray Luftwaffe eagle insignia, with the lower tip of the insignia overlapping the pocket below. The front has four large pockets, one on each breast, with slightly larger pockets below each, all with decorative straps giving them a pleated-look with gilt aluminum buttons at the top. The front is completed by a vertical row of four gilt aluminum buttons on the right side, facing an equal number of reinforced button holes on the left. All buttons on the tunic are maker marked "GEBR. BALDAUF MARIENBERG" on their reverses. There are aluminum loops on either side at the waist for a matching belt, the belt having been lost to time, while the rear of the tunic is single-vented. The tunic has been designed with a tapered-fit in mind, as evidenced by seven vertical seams, two on the front and the other five on the sides and rear. The sleeves have been designed to be button-less and have French cuffs. Inside, the body of the tunic is lined throughout in a grayish-brown cotton, with upward-pointing aluminum belt loops covered by cotton straps on both sides at the waist and large loops attached at the seams in the armpits. There is a cotton lined pocket on the left breast, with various marks in black ink above the pocket, including "42", "72", "102", "53", "LBA37" and "Brago", plus additional stamps in black ink on the pocket itself, the top one partially legible due to a large "X" having been inscribed on it but "K.K. II Schönwalde" clearly visible, the other mark inscribed "A.L. Gr. J. 1938" in a large rectangle. The tunic measures 480 mm across the shoulders x 740 mm in length. The matching pants come with a button down fly, with five black glass buttons on the right side facing reinforced button holes on the left side. It has four pockets, a small one at the front to the right of the crotch with a small metal ring sewn above, one on each side at the front with a traditional hip-side entry, and one on the right seat, the latter three with black glass buttons and are cotton lined. There are eight black glass buttons spaced at various intervals around the waistline, with venting at the rear and straps on either side of the vent, the left one with a black metal dual-pronged buckle stamped "PRIMA". When the straps are joined together, they ensure a snug fit at the waist for the wearer. The inside is lined in white cotton at the waist and stamped in black ink on the left side "Uniformwerke v. Wülfing Aktiengesellschaft", along with a series of numbers: "8", "41", "78", "60", "111" and "96". There is a white cotton loop at the rear just below the vent, with a green dry cleaner's tag stapled in place on it. The pants are beautifully creased front and back, the inside of the cuffs with 14 mm wide reinforcing black cotton strips. The pants measure 1,070 mm in length overall, with slight soiling evident on the white cotton of the waistband, fly opening and pockets. The side cap is fabricated from blue-gray wool, with a quality embroidered light gray Luftwaffe eagle on a blue-gray wool base sewn upon the peak of the cap at the front. Below there is an embroidered three-colour cockade sewn on the skirt. The interior is lined in gray cotton, maker marked "Carl Halfar Berlin N20", size marked "55" and dated "1940". The cap measures 110 mm x 270 mm, with one small stain on the top. Although there is light soiling evident on the inside of the pants and on the top of the side cap, with the pants having have been previously dry cleaned as evidenced by the dry cleaner's tag, all three items are free of mothing, displaying nice texture and quality workmanship, retaining their original look through quality stitching and the high grade materials used, clean, remaining in better than extremely fine condition.