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Post WWII period, US Army, 1937 Pattern, Special Evening Dress Uniform, belonging to a Major General
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This uniform is of the 1960's to 1970's or so, period. It is a US Army, 1937 Pattern, Special Evening Dress Uniform, often called a Mess Dress Uniform. This beautiful uniform is not named inside but is reported to have belonged to a Airborne, Major General stationed in Fort Bragg and later in Germany. Both the jacket and trousers are in excellent plus condition with only light frontal scuffing on the coat. The inside lining on the jacket is perfect with no tears. There is an inside pocket tag from the tailor that reads: "G. Mauch, Stuttgart, Augusten Str (for "Strasse") 55". There is a place for a name but it is not filled out.
On the outside of the inner pocket is a large bevo-style tailor's tag that reads: "Custom Tailored, Dommer's, Military Service Company, 31 Rotebuhlstr, Stuttgart Germany, Established 1852". Each shoulder has an Officer's style, heavy gold bullion wire epaulette. They are not hallmarked. They are in good condition with no mothing but do show some age scuffing from wear. The lapels are lined with a very unusual dark blue color inlay. On almost all of these uniforms that we have inspected over the last 40 plus years or so; these inlays are almost always of a black color. This dark blue color inlay does not conform with any inlay colors authorized by Army Regulation 600-38 of 1938. Perhaps the inlay is a tailor's attempt to match it with the basic dark blue color found on the jacket and trouser body material. There are 6 removable medium size buttons clipped to the front. They are of the simple 1 piece body style and are backmarked. One button is missing, but this is an easy replacement.
There are 2 smaller, front clouser buttons, however their connecting chain is now missing (another very easy item to find). Each cuff is surfaced lined in black velvet. The velvet has very heavy gold bullion wire oak leaf embroidery that is some of the nicest that we ever saw. The gold bullion is lightly aged darkened giving a great appearance. Above the velvet cuffs are 2 heavy silver bullion wire Major General's Stars. They appear to be directly embroidered on each sleeve which is unusual as they are usually just sewn on. It appears that there were a few miniature medals at one time pinned on this jacket. The high waist trousers are matching to this uniform. They have no markings or tailor's tags inside. Each leg has the dual gold wire tape stripes indicating General Officer status. The gold wire tapes are nicely lightly age darkened giving a wonderful appearance. The inner lining is of white linen and is perfect.
Comments from the Curator:
This uniform is one of the more popular of US Army uniforms that are collected today. Their striking appearance makes them a centerpoint in most collections. If this uniform was named and identified, then the selling price would be considerably higher (see our other similar uniform offered for sale that is identified to General Tice). Vietnam Conflict Period uniforms are becoming more and more pricy as time goes by. Here is a chance to obtain a piece that is still quite affordable.
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