NAVY – THREE-PIECE KINDER (CHILD) NAVAL UNIFORM GROUP
During the Imperial German period Kinder uniforms, headdresses, and swords were quite popular among military families. Dressing young boys in military uniforms was very much the order of the day. Today we are offering a lovely three-piece Kinder uniform group for your consideration. It contains the items listed below.
1. Imperial German Navy (Kaiserliche Marine) Enlisted Man Dress Tunic (popularly known as a “monkey jacket.”) The tunic is made of high-quality, dark-blue wool. It is double-breasted and sports twin rows of five gold naval buttons (ten total). Gold bullion tape appears on each sleeve, along with two very small gold naval buttons. The left sleeve displays an embroidered Navy signalman’s insignia. It is NOT a patch and has been embroidered directly onto the sleeve.
2. A Vest to be Worn Under the Tunic. It is also made of dark-blue wool and displays a single row of four small gold naval buttons.
3. An Enlisted Man’s Side Cap. A black silk cap tally that proclaims “Deutschland” is in place. At first glance, one might think that it is a mütze. Closer examination of the cap’s cut, however, reveals it to be a side cap.
If the cap was an original part of the group, it would lead me to believe that it was produced AFTER the German Empire’s end. My gut feeling, however, is that while the two uniform pieces ARE from the Imperial Period, the side cap was added in the 1930’s, if not later. Nevertheless, the three items make for a handsome group.
It looks to me that they would fit a modern day INFANT TO 18 MONTH OLD. Knowing that children are bigger today, I estimate they would have fit a boy aged 2-3 during the Imperial German Period. All three items are in excellent condition.
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