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need help Luftwaffe' officer's jacket

Article about: ok well i have been looking to buy this trench coat and the person says its real so i want your opinion and to know if it is a good deal he wants \\$150 but i could talk him down. thanks -Tyle

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    Default need help Luftwaffe' officer's jacket

    ok well i have been looking to buy this trench coat and the person says its real so i want your opinion and to know if it is a good deal he wants $150 but i could talk him down.

    thanks -Tyler
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    Hi Tyler, personally I would pass on this one. I don't think it is military at all.

    Leather overcoats were a private purchase option for an Officer to buy if he wished. They would be fitted with rank shoulder straps and sometimes provision for the dagger hanger.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Default Re: need help Luftwaffe' officer's jacket

    Leather overcoats like these were very typical for civilian use in the 1950's and when I lived in Germany from 1976-1995 or so, they were always readily available and cheap ($40 - $60) at fleamarkets. It was very common to own one in the postwar era when travel in unheated cars, trams and on motocycles was typical.

    I still have a couple of them I purchased at the time. The quality is excellant.

    As mentioned, wartime military versions exist but these are easy to recognize by the tailiored details such as screw-on shoulder board buttons - or the reinforced area where they would have been, shoulder board loops, and the slit for a dagger under the pocket flap along with the dagger hanger ring inside (if it's still there).

    $150 or less for a cool old leather overcoat is fair enough if it fits and you want to wear it. Otherwise, it's just another leather coat. I've tried selling mine for around $200 and still have them.

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