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Named Imperial Prussian Army Officer Frock Coat
A fine example of the Prussian Army officer dress frock coat of the imperial era. The coat is constructed of high quality blue wool with red standing collar and facing. The coat has an interior closure button and belt, and glove pockets in the skirt. There is a set of horizontal loops on the upper left breast between the second an third buttons, normally seen on uniforms on which an Order in the form of a breast star was worn. The shoulder carry silver brocade straps, the brocade containing two light blue lines and the straps having red underlay. The interior pocket contains a Berlin military tailor label. The label is dated 1912 and bears an officer's name which appears to be "Von Boehn". There was a Prussian officer named Max Von Boehn who served in the Franco-Prussian War and who held the rank of Generaloberst in World War I. This might have been the uniform of a relative. The fact that the name contains the noble "Von" would also suggest that it would not have been unusual for even a lower ranking officer of the nobility to have been the recipient of an Order that was represented by the wearing of a breast star on the frock coat. The lining of one arm inside of the coat has multiple stamps, including two eagle and swastika stamps of the Third Reich period. There is a very tiny hole on the upper left breast, and the collar shows some relatively modest signs of wear, but overall the coat is very clean and in very good to excellent condition.
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