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United States Uniforms
1980's period, US Army, "Shirt, Utility, Durable Press, Army Certification No. 9-1626-D.P", belonging to a Airborne, Brigadier General (i.e.: a 1 Star General), named: "M. Muller", serving in the 82nd Airborne Division
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This uniform is tagged inside, but not dated. The tag is of the 1980's type. The tag reads: "Shirt, Utility, Durable Press". It also has a contract number and designation that we have never seen before on any other uniform. The contract number is devoid of a date, but does state: "Army Certification No. 9-1626-sD.P". There is a second cloth tag found sewn into the inner neck area, but it is washed free of it's lettering. This lack of lettering on the tag is odd as it would take a lot of washings to do this, and yet the uniform body does not show any noticable washing wear (another anomaly!). The condition of this uniform is
Now for another anomaly - all the insignia are glued, not sewn on! While this may scare off an uninformed buyer - the practice was in fact fairly commin in the post war years. One uniform in the museum collection that came from a Vietnam period veteran has both sewn-on and glued-on insignia. While the gluing process is not preferred by collectors - it is known to have occured nevertheless. Not even the "U.S. Army" tape is sewn on - and this is rare to encounter.
On the right breast are several more subdues color cloth patches. The top is not subdued and is a 2 color patch for the award of a "Combat Infantryman's Badge". These cloth patches are known to exist in both small, medium, full size lengths. This example is in the medium size range. Found just below that is a subdued color cloth patch for the award of the "Senior Aircraft Crew Member Badge". Below that is a standard black and gold color "U.S. Army" identification tape. This tape is slightly fraying on all edges and shows some prior sewing threads. Glued on the pocket flap itself is a subdued color cloth patch for the award of the "Master Parachutists Badge". This patch shows evidnece of some prior sewing threads. Ths last patch encountered on the flap is a subdued color cloth patch for the award of the "Air Assault Badge". This badge shows no evidence of prior sewing. The last 2 patches found on this shirt uniform are a subdued color cloth "Airborne" arc patch that is glued just above a matching material, 82nd Airborne Division patch. These are proper patches for the dating of this uniform.
This insignia all look proper for the period in question and all originated from different makers, which is a good sign. There is a pair of subdued color cloth general's stars on each upper collar lapel and which are micmatched and are in fact somewhat nocticable. One star shows prior machine sewing evidence. On the right breast is a subdued color cloth name tape that hs the name embroidered on, not ink printed on. It is in a rare small size font style. It includes a rarely seen first name initial "M". Also the "u" in the last name has a "umlaut" which we have not seen used before either.
Lastly, all the buttons are present, correct, and matching. They are all held on with proper gauge and color attaching thread.
This uniform includes a pair of matching trousers. They are not size marked, but are of a proper smaller size to go with this shirt uniform size. These trousers are also in
condition. All buttons are correct, matching, and attached with proper gauge and color thread. There is one very faded cloth tag found sewn inside. It has been washed so much it is only partially readable. It's original bright golden/yelllow color has almost totally vanished from it's many washings, leaving only a few words now still readable. It reads: "Trousers Utility/Durable Press ....". The contract date can not be read anymore. Interestly enough, just like the uniform shirt - the tags have been mostly washed out and yet the uniform shirt and the trouser bodies show little outside evidence of similar heavy washing activity. Odd as it may appear - this is a good sign of the grouping's originality.
Comments from the Curator:
This uniform was acquired with several others a year or so ago, and it has proven to be quite a challenge for us to figure out. Much research has been done to try to identify this General's identity and biography, but so far we have had no luck. We have uncovered similar named generals, but no "Muller" with the "umlaut" of 2 dots placed above the "u" in Muller's name. The umlaut is of the German type. We do not know if the name "Muller" is accurate or not. This is not the 1st time that a named general has not been found in our archive searches. The source that we purchased this general from is a well known collector of general's uniforms, and he related that this uniform is 100% authentic. To that statement we still have some doubts. The low price being asked by us for this uniform is because we can not verify or disprove in any way if that collector was truthful or not. If the uniform is a fake - then it is reasonably priced by us. But if it is in fact a genuine piece - then the price is a bargain for the new buyer. We can not prove or disprove the 100% original claim either way, therefore we are passing the savings (and the engima) on to the new buyer. Whomever purchases this uniform buys it as it is. However, if the new buyer is successful in discovering the identiity of this general, we ask that he let us know as we are very curious as to his history.
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