This is an NCO’s tunic from Magdeburgisches Train-Abteilung Nr 4. The unit was one of the nine Train-Abteilungen that were created in 1853, when the Train-Abteilung concept was inaugurated. A Train-Abteilung dealt with the supply trains that moved supplies for the front-line army units. This particular unit was based at Magdeburg and attached to the IV. Armeekorps.
The tunic is a traditional dunkel-blau (dark-blue) pre war example. It has the typical eight gilt-toned buttons running down its center. The sleeves display the gold bullion tape that is emblematic of an NCO rather than an enlisted man. Two gilt-toned buttons appear on each cuff. Its collar is light-blue rather than dunkel-blau. More gold bullion tape trims the entire collar. One interesting point about the collar ends is its shape. It is more rounded, with a somewhat similar appearance to a Küraßier tunic’s collar.
The shoulder straps are also light-blue, matching the collar. Embroidered on them in red is the regimental designation “4.” Looking closely, we can detect a small button that secures the strap on one side, while its other side is sewn down. One other small detail on the buttons is the appearance of the company number, which is a “3.” The tunic’s reverse displays light blue trim (again) in the vent area. A total of six of the larger gilt-toned buttons is also present.
The tunic’s interior confirms that this is a privately-purchased tunic rather than one issued from an army depot. Its black liner is silk, which is typical of most officer’s style liners. The liner is complete and in near-mint condition. Finally, the tunic’s exterior is in excellent condition. I cannot see even a hint of mothing.
This is an ultra clean, original tunic that comes from a unit from which we rarely find examples. It would make an excellent addition to any collection.