This is a Prussian Garde Pionier Bataillon unteroffizier’s tunic. The Bataillon was founded in 1810 and garrisoned in Berlin. It was attached to the Gardekorps. It is a pre war dark-blue tunic with a line of red piping running down its front. The tunic’s exterior is in excellent condition. It boasts eight silver-toned buttons on its front, and two more on each sleeve. Another six silver-toned buttons appear in the rear vent area. Are the buttons are intact and appear to be original. The collar sports silver embossed tape and white collar kragenspiegel with black stitching in their centers. The collar is closed by three hook and eye clasps. It has red shoulder boards that display another silver-toned button marked for Kompagnie Nr 1. The cuffs repeat the collar’s pattern of silver embossed tape, and two white kragenspiegel with black stitching.
The tunic’s interior has a black silk liner that is in wonderful condition. All of its necessary buckles and attachments are in place. A few areas show some slight wear. A stamp identifying the Berlin tailor who made it is located inside the left sleeve. It is a solid tunic at a reasonable price.