The Bavarian Yacht Club was founded in 1888. It received its current name in 1909 through the cooperation of the House of Wittelsbach, Bavaria’s ruling family during the Imperial Period. [The Wittelsbachs are still very much involved in Germany today, with varied commercial interests]. The Bavarian Yacht Club was formed at the same time as the Hohenzollern Yacht Club. Even though Bavaria is landlocked, its many lakes have long supported a large sailing tradition. Several House of Wittelsbach princes remain active in sailing today. Today we are offering a Bavarian Yacht Club dress tunic. It is similar to a Navy dress tunic (lower-dress, not the more elaborate high-dress). The tunic resembles a waistcoat. It is made of high-quality, navy-blue wool. A double row (five per side) of gilt-toned buttons runs down the tunic’s center. Another pair of buttons in the center serves as an extender that the wearer would have used to secure the tunic, rather than the five on view. Each tunic sleeve displays five smaller buttons. [Please note that EVERY one of these buttons (twenty-two total) displays a fouled anchor with the Wittelsbach Crown over it. Flanking the anchor we see a “B” and a “Y.” A “C” is centered over the anchor itself]. The tunic has very wide lapels. The tunic’s interior sports a very impressive black mint-condition silk liner. Two inside pockets are present. When we turn one of them out, we reveal a label with the original owner’s name, “Dr. Wilhelm Recknager.” Also included is the batch number “15452,” as well as the date it was purchased and delivered to its new owner, “27 June 1925.” Clearly, it is a post WW I garment, giving further proof that the Yacht Club survived the Great War. A tailor label is present in the neck area and contains the information listed below.
Bamberger & Hertz
The tunic’s overall condition is excellent. It has been worn very little, and looks most impressive with its gilt-toned buttons against its navy-blue surface.