This is my “YEEEEE HAAAAH !!!” find of 2012. A nice, honest, 1952 dated Deutsche Grenzpolizei Gefreiter’s Dienstjacke. It is my first KVP-style khaki uniform and is now the centerpiece of my budding 1950s collection. In the 3 years I’ve been collecting DDR militaria I’ve only seen a couple of these come up for sale. The prices have always been completely beyond my budget. This coat was totally mis-described and placed in an utterly wrong section of German eBay. There was only one other bidder and I won it for 101. EUR (Icing on the cake!). I get the giggles every time I look at it.
It could be quite a while before I find khaki trousers to complete it. For display, I have all the 1950s field gear to put on a torso mannequin with the exception of ONE ITEM: the gold finished, plain, gekornnt buckle. I have actually won 2 of them recently, only to have both sellers refuse to ship to USA. Unnn-beee-lievable!
It’s a bit rumpled from being tightly packed in a small box
The collar tabs will be easy to steam and straighten out
Tabs are both hand-sewed on
Markings in the inside pocket lining. Just to the right of the button loop is a small /52 which I believe is the date
Bandage pocket inside
Button-less pocket flaps
The right shoulder board has a large moth hole which I may carefully repair
The shoulder board button ties match the lining material and have never been undone
All buttons are rimless, gekornnt, hollow backed, with gold finish. A couple chest button were re-sewed in service, a lo-o-o-ong time ago
I love this early stuff! Wish I could find a way to live and work in Germany. But then I'd be a hopeless addict.