This is one of the most exciting tunics we have offered in quite awhile. It is known as a “Kleiner Rock.” This is a handsome, identified tunic for an officer in an armored Kavallerie Regiment. The officer was assigned to Küraßier-Regiment von Dreisen (Westfälisches) Nr 4. This elite Regiment was one of the older Kavallerie Regiments. It was raised in 1717 and garrisoned at Münster.
The feldgrau tunic is set up as a litewka, a tunic that has a double row of buttons instead of a single row. This tunic is in EXTRAORDINARY condition. The tunic was probably produced in 1914 prior to the beginning of the war. The material is rich and buttery-smooth, and of the highest quality. Some of the feldgrau material available later in the war (even to officers) had a much rougher weave. It just did not have that superior prewar texture. The exterior’s condition is faultless. I can see no mothing whatsoever. As previously stated, this is the litewka tunic style, with a double row of six, silver buttons. A line of red trim accents the cuffs (with no buttons), collar, and the edge of the flap, etc. The collar features white collar tabs trimmed in red, with a large silver button on each tab. The collar itself is a contrasting darker green, which is quite distinct from the tunic’s feldgrau. A major’s shoulder boards are vibrantly in place, with a red and white underlay.
On the tunic’s obverse are a set of sewn-in loops for a ribbon bar. This accommodates a ribbon bar of six to eight places. Immediately below that are two more sets of sewn-in loops. This would have been for a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and one other pinback award. It could have been a wound badge, or an Iron Cross 1st Class equivalent from another state. The tunic’s reverse carries forward the obverse’s red trim. No buttons are on the tunic’s reverse. Inside the tunic in a pocket is a tailor’s label identifying the original owner as Freiherr von Landsberg. In a copy of the 1914 Rangliste von Landsberg was listed as a Rittmeister in Küraßier-Regiment von Dreisen (Westfälisches) Nr 4. In looking through the list of officers EVERY one of them was a nobleman. No fewer than FIVE other barons were in that Regiment. One small “problem” exists. On the officer’s shoulder boards the silver buttons holding them down are mismatched. One button is an 18mm button and the other is a 16mm. If this is the worst problem one can find on this tunic, I think it shows the condition and quality that we offer.
Some additional information on this tunic has come from the collector from whom we acquired the tunic. The officer to whom the tunic belonged to was a Freiherr von Landesberg who retired as a Rittmeister. As was the custom in the German army if an officer had served honorably he was advanced one rank. This was mostly for pension purposes but it also allowed the officer greater prestige as he was one rank higher than his final service rank. Thus his final official rank was Major a. D. This is a superb identified tunic. Finding feldgrau tunics of this quality and rank is an accomplishment and we are most pleased to share this with you.