Show Us Vintage GERMAN Suits

Discussion in 'Suits' started by Marc Chevalier, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. Flat Foot Floey

    Flat Foot Floey My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    At first make sure there are no moth eggs left. I am always afraid to take stuff like this home. Both freezing it for a few days and laying it out in the sun can help.
    I agree its too damaged for invisible reweaving. I can imagine some visible mending like on some French workwear though.
     
  2. herringbonekid

    herringbonekid I'll Lock Up

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    looks late teens - early 20s. if only it had been in deadstock condition !
     
  3. Fastuni

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    German early to mid 1930's summer sportcoat.
    Off-white linen with elasticated back and natural shoulders.
    Size 38-40 Short.

    Will go to the "Classified" section for sale.
    PM me if interested.

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  4. Two Types

    Two Types I'll Lock Up

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    That is lovely
     
  5. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

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    It is beautiful and hard to believe the color doesn't have more yellowing / fade spots etc. It is in incredible condition.
     
  6. ErWeSa

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    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    not really a German but an Austrian suit, made by a tailor in Mattighofen, a small town in Upper Austria.

    A suit that raises some questions. Some alterations are obvious - the trousers have been let out, there are also traces of cuffs.

    Other alterations are more subtle. I suppose the coat was altered, too. This may have been a single- or two button suit as one can see that the inner reinforcment of the lapels reaches far beyond the uppermost button. The form of the lapels seems altered, too. There is a small repair visible between the lower and the middle button and between the correspoing button holes. The buttons of the sleeves are functionless, there are not even buttonholes. So when was it made and how did it look like originally? I would appreciate the experts' opinions.

    As the suit is too large for me with trousers that are too short (should fit a person not taller than 170 cm) it will soon go to the classified section. Would prefer to swap it against a double breasted waistcoat with peaked lapels, British/American size 38, European size 48, preferably within the EU for easier shipping. Should anybody be interested, please PM me.

    Its approximate measurements are:
    Coat:
    sleeves: 43/61 cm, shoulder: 46 cm, length of back: 72 cm, circumference: 110 cm,
    trousers:
    lengths 72/110 cm, circumference 92 cm.
     
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  7. Fastuni

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    Another nice example of a 1930/40's double breasted suit being altered during the 1950's or early 60's.
    The collar and lapels, the square pocket flaps reveal that it once was a double breasted jacket.
    Also the wide legs have been narrowed to 50's taste.
     
  8. ErWeSa

    ErWeSa New in Town

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    Thank you Fastuni for your expert opinion and your sharp eye! This would mean that the "repair" once were the buttonholes for the buttons on the inside and the outside of the originally DB suit? Presumably the suit had peak lapels, too?
     
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  9. Fastuni

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    Exactly.

    Yes it had peak lapels as 99% of DB suit coats.
     
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  10. ErWeSa

    ErWeSa New in Town

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    So this suit is a proof of the inevitable thriftiness of the post war years on the one hand and, at the same time - provided that the owner was the same - of some prosperity (the person must have doubled his weight).
     
  11. Fastuni

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    With Oktoberfest time approaching here some German 1930's to early 50's Alpine-style loden sportcoats:

    Loden sportcoat - sz. 44... too large for me.
    "Loden Frey Munich" was the eminent German Loden producer and a large men's department store in Munich (it still is).
    The jacket is of extremely good quality. The Loden is quite dense and similar to uniform cloth.

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  12. herringbonekid

    herringbonekid I'll Lock Up

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    nice. the fabric looks very similar to a felted wool fabric i bought not long ago (and made a cap from).
     
  13. Fastuni

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    Thanks! I decided to split the post... I hate it when the page makes an inopportune skip. ;)

    Here the second Loden jacket: no maker-label, only "Reine Wolle" (pure wool). Made from very soft, fluffy Loden. It's comfy like a blanket.

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  14. Fastuni

    Fastuni Call Me a Cab

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    Suits for Spring 1941 presented by "Die Textil-Woche" the Berlin periodical for the German clothing industry and trade.
    These are upper segment ready-made clothes.

    The strongly nipped waist was going out of fashion, the 2x1 DB got popular.

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    A "novelty" of 1941 was the same-color combination... trousers and sportcoat were of the same color, but with different hues and patterns.

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    The fabrics for Spring 1941. Small-patterned fabrics were popular.
    The color-palette looses many of the brighter, playful colors of the late-30's and is overall more subdued.

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  15. Fastuni

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    Mid-1930s German three-piece suit. Masterful tailor-work.

    High quality navy-blue wool cloth with a soft touch. Not stiff or scratchy.

    Very good condition.

    Double-breasted waistcoat.

    Size is about a 40 Short.

    PM me if interested!

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  16. Nick D

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    The best thing about German suits may be the details and finishing of the trousers.
     
  17. Metatron

    Metatron One Too Many

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    Agreed. I like how they give the wearer so many options. I like the waistcoat as well, the double breasted cut sans lapels. I feel like this one could have benefited from a two button jacket, or a lower top button to showcase the waistcoat a little more.
    Still, mere nitpicking from me, it's a beautiful suit.
     
  18. Two Types

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    Lovely (as ever!). Unusual to see a double breasted wiastcoat without lapels. Was that common in Germany?
     
  19. Fastuni

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    I have handled so far three German suits with DB waistcoats without lapels.
    Period illustrations also suggest that it certainly wasn't in unusual, though of course rare compared to normal SB fare.
     
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  20. Rudie

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    I used to have a suit with one such waistcoat. The buttons were arranged in a V shape with the bottom button uniting the two hands of the V.
     

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