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1930's To The WWII period, Italian Army, Engineers, White Color, General's, Summer Service Dress Uniform
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1911 to the W.W.II period, Italian Army, White Color Twill, Summer Tropical Service Dress Uniform, belongig to a Army General (exact rank is unknown). This General fought in Libya in 1911 and in Ethiopia in 1935 as is evidenced by some of his many award ribbons. This extremely rare uniform is in GOOD CONDITION, but does show typical age yellowing and a few stains. The exact pattern of this uniform does not show up in any reference books on Italian Army uniforms that are known of. We have seen this style of a white uniform being worn by another Italian Army General - so it is probably a regulation item, possibly a private purchase not issue uniform. In the inside neck area is sewn a bevo style tailor's label that reads: "Unione Militare", for presumably "Military Uniforms". Each side of the collar lapel had a gold (for a General) metal star insignia, of which 1 is still attached and is in good condition, and the 2nd has now become detached due to detached attaching prongs. This detached star insignia and its detached prongs are included with this uniform (a good jeweler can re-solder on the detached prongs).
This style of a uniform was designed to have removable shoulder epaulettes. None were mounted on this uniform when acquired. However, some epaulettes for a Infantry General are included. The General's epaulettes that are supplied came with the correct screw on type buttons, but in a gold color. We are not sure this is regulation for white uniforms. On the grey uniform Generals wore silver buttons. We could not locate any silver, screw-on epaulette buttons, but have included a pair of silver sew on buttons as a interim solution. These match the silver buttons that are sewn on the jacket body. These buttons are believed to be for an Engineer and are hallmarked as well. This uniform has a 9 piece, 3 row, ribbon bar. We are not experts on Italian medals, but the award ribbons appear to be for: the "Medal for Military Valor with Star", the "Order of the Crown of Italy", the "Long Service Army Award", the "Libya Campaign of 1911", the "War Cross (also for WWI), the "War Cross (a 2nd award), the "War of 1915-1918 with 2 Silver Stars", the "United Italy 1848-1922 (2nd revised version) Medal", and the "Ethiopian Campaign of 1935 with Sword Medal".
Comments from the Curator:
We have tried to find more data concerning the regulations on white uniforms for generals, but no luck. We have seen this style of white uniform for a General in another collection a while back and it looked identical. At the time we did not inspect it up close, so we can not elaborate on it's details. They are, however, quite rare - we do not even have one in our collection here at the museum. It is a shame that white color uniforms never seem to get named inside, but that is the norm for these white color uniforms. Andjust as a note to any prospective buyer - no rank insignia worn on these white color uniforms, except for generic Generals rank epaulettes. The rank was indicated on the hat band instead. The market for Italian militaria is still soft, so here is a chance to obtain a rare General's uniform that is rarely encountered, and at an affordable price.
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