Wz.36 Polish officers tunic with interesting tailors label "Hieronim Wisniewski" - 100% original pre-war ?
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Wz.36 Polish officers tunic with interesting tailors label "Hieronim Wisniewski, Warszawa, Wilcza 60" - 100% original pre-war ?
Is the tunic itself (apart from the replaced collar tabs, and maybe the tailors label) 100% original pre-war, please ?
As I was thinking about undertaking a restoration project.
The seller said that the tunic belonged to one of General Sikorski's protection officers, but this could be only a rumour without proof to back it up.
Interestingly the partly lined pockets and lining seem to exactly or nearly exactly match CCJ's Wz.36 officer's tunic which is definately pre-war tailor produced.
Also, it has striped lined sleeves lining, which was widely used in pre-war tailors (i have come across it in about every pre-war tailored officers uniforms from all combatant nations/countries, which is also part of my collection) and could have been discontinued after the war.
I talked to Tony about it and he said that the collar tabs were post-war or reproduction replacements and that the tailors label could be a recently produced reproduction based on the more modern looking type font of the letters, that it looked suspicious because of its freshness/condition after all these years.
Also, that tailors labels are easily reproduced with modern technology.
I also looked up some information on the tailor Hieronim Wisniewski.
The tailors label says -
WARSZAWA WILCZA 60"
I have done some research of the pre-war Polish Warsaw telephone directories and found that he was a tailor in Warsaw between 1930's -1940 (1937/1938 Warsaw telephone directory, 1938 Warsaw (city + suburbs) telephone directory + (small) trade directory)
http://mbc.cyfrowemazowsze.pl/Conten...om=75&page=385 (unfortunately not working now)
From the General Collections
Genealogy Indexer - 1939/1940 Warsaw (City + Suburbs) Telephone Directory + (Small) Trade Directory - image 467
In 1942 he disappears from the records, I think the reason for this was he was taken to Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp (in the newly constructed Gusen I satellite camp operational in May 1940) in Austria.
A HIERONIM WIŚNIEWSKI is on the list of the dead (I think that this coupled with his disappearance from the telephone directories in 1942 proves that this is him) -
It is an extremely tragic story, but hopefully it proves that this tunic could not be produced after 1939 (if the tailors label is genuine and not put in at a later date).
Please tell me your opinions as soon as possible, please.
Thank you very much for your time and effort, in advance.
Last edited by justin1939; 06-12-2013 at 04:31 PM.
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