Hello folks. I found this uniform at the local flea market today. I don't usually see them down there, so I figured I would investigate. Didn't buy it (too many odd things to my untrained eye). Asking price was $150 (also seems a little high).
I'm dying to learn more about this stuff, I've recently found myself more interested in WWI as of late. Doesn't get enough press if you ask me.
Sewn on are 29th Infantry division patch, two overseas stripes, discharge stripe, and bugle rank patch. The condition is absolutely immaculate, no moth nips or defects that I could see. There is a little staining inside the caps, but that's the worst I could find.
Short question is, what would be a fair price? The long question is when it was made or if it is legit. Not even 100% certain if it is WWI, might be some interwar hybrid for all I know.
The discharge stripe is upside down? It and the division patch are sewn on with a different (brighter) thread than the overseas stripes and the rank patch. The pants and sleeves also have an odd striped liner in them, covering the stitching for the patches. Not to mention the plastic/celluloid/Bakelite buttons and all collar disks and devices are missing.
I've been wanting to get a nice WWI uniform for some time now. My budget is fairly limited (few hundred $), so I would like to get the most for my money. I don't know too much about cloth items, but there is enough "wrong" in my mind to make me think twice. I might just be overreacting though. Seems put together or at best very post war.
Note striped liner. The same material is in the sleeves of the jacket.
What are these actually called?