Made from quality heavyweight field grey wool, the front of the tunic is piped red and has eight dulled/painted buttons. Loops are present for the Officers pilot or Observer badge (badge not included) and an Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon is attached. This ribbon, which is fraying a bit where it loops round, has been blacked over with only traces of the white stripes visible inside the tunic. Why this has been done is unclear, though it’s highly unlikely to have been done by anyone but the owner. Possibly post just post War to make a point about the ending the War or possibly Freikorps or the like?? Rear of the tunic has a Prussian type skirt, again piped red. To the collar are two matt silver grey guard type collar patches as worn by Officers of the Air Service and black piped collar.
Shoulder straps are the aviation type with grey underlay, dulled brass propeller device and Prussian service black/white threads. Straps are of the slip on variety that have been sewn in, witch have an additionally been secured/stitched at the very tip of the strap to the tunic. Black piped Swedish cuffs with two buttons to each. These may have been replaced as they have a slightly different colour to the buttons to the front of the tunic, rear and pockets. One certainly has as it doesn’t match the other three.
Condition of the tunic is extremely fine. There is a little loss to the nap of cloth on some small areas and bar some very minor moth nips, the tunic would be excellent. The silk liner is near perfect and shows very little wear, as does the wool.
A very scarce and impressive looking tunic.