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FRANZ HALDER (1884 -1972) Wehrmacht "Generaloberst" ("colonel-general") and chief of staff of the "Oberkommando des Heeres" ("High Command of the Army") until transferred to the reserves by Hitler due to policy disputes. Suspected of plotting against Hitler's life in 1944, he was interned at Flossenburg and Dachau until his rescue by the Allies in the South Tyrol. Presented here is an unmatched ensemble, Halder's complete, named uniform, includes: uniform tunic of fine "field grey" wool, closed at the front with eight gilt pebbled metal buttons, with the interior edges behind the buttons and buttonholes also lined with red wool. The forest green wool collar is fitted with red wool General's collar tabs displaying an embroidered "arabesque" pattern in gold bullion. Each shoulder bears a sewn-on shoulder board of braided silver and gold bullion cords on a red wool backing, fitted with three silver pips, indicating the rank of "Generaloberst"Â. The right-hand breast bears a chest eagle embroidered in gold bullion on black wool, while the left-hand breast bears fourteen thread loops for mounting an unfortunately absent ribbon bar and decorations. Each breast is also fitted with a patch pocket with flap closure secured by a gilt pebbled metal button, while a horizontal slash pocket with similar closure is fitted at each hip. The tunic is lined with brown silk, with striped silk lining the sleeves. A horizontal slash pocket in the left-hand side of the lining contains a sewn fabric laundry label from the "Armeemarinehaus" ("Army-Navy House"), an officer's club in Berlin, with the typed name "Gen. F. Halder", dated January of 1940. A second fabric label appears to have once been sewn inside the collar, but has been removed. The tunic shows a small moth hole at the bottom left-hand edge, with three additional small holes beneath the left sleeve, and a final hole on the back of the right shoulder, with one or two additional inconsequential moth nips overall, else very good to fine. WITH: Wehrmacht general's visor cap of "field grey" wool, trimmed with braided gold bullion piping around the crown and the edges of the forest green wool band. The peak is fitted with a metal shell national eagle and swastika, with a metal shell wreath of oak leaves surrounding a cockade of black and silver metal with a red wool center. A braided gold bullion chinstrap is affixed over the visor by a gilt pebbled metal button on each side. The interior is fitted with a taupe faux-leather sweatband bearing two small metal plaques displaying the initials "F H". The crown is lined with gold silk, with a diamond-shaped plastic sweat shield protecting the printed gilt mark of maker August Muller of Munich. Shows some moth nips to the crown and the front of the peak, with cracks and losses to the sweat shield and minor wear to the sweatband, else very good. WITH: Slate grey wool surge Jodhpur-style trousers, fitted on the outer side of the legs with two strips of red wool separated by a single line of red piping. The ankles are fitted with red cord laces, with a diagonal slash pocket at each hip, an additional watch pocket at the right-hand hip, and a flap-covered horizontal slash pocket on the right-hand side of the seat. An adjustment strap with a friction buckle is fitted at the rear, with a white fabric label sewn to the inside of the strap inscribed with the name "Halder F." in blue ink. The fly is closed with four grey composite buttons with a metal hook at top, and the interior is lined with grey silk at the waist, with eight grey composite suspender buttons. Shows two or three slight moth nips to the stripes, else very good to fine. WITH: Circular paperboard case covered with brown leather, containing a Wehrmacht general's silver and green-striped brocade belt, 40" x 1 3/4", backed with "field grey" wool and a light brown leather tongue, fitted with a circular gilt brass buckle displaying a droop-winged national eagle and swastika within a wreath of oak leaves. The belt shows wear to the exterior, else very good. The case also contains a 55"Â braided gold bullion general's aiguillette, or shoulder cord, fitted with two gilt brass aglets with sliders decorated with cast oak leaves, as well as five spare gilt pebbled metal buttons. The inside of the case's lid bears a paper label with the printed title "Offiziers-Kleiderkasse" ("Officer's Uniform Store"), the store's address in Berlin, and the name "F. Halder" inscribed in black ink. WITH: Partly-printed D.S., 1p. folio., [n.p], July 14, 1942, a certificate presented by the "Engineers of the German Army", congratulating Halder for completing forty years of military service, signed at the conclusion by General of Engineers ALFRED JACOB (1883-1963) in blue ink. The certificate is affixed with in a folder of blue cloth-covered boards, and includes a period press photo of Halder in uniform, possibly the very same one presented here, shaking hands with another general. Seven pieces overall.

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GENERAL FRANZ HALDER UNIFORM & VISOR

Estimate $10,000 - $20,000Nov 13, 2018
98 Bohemia Avenue, Suite Two
Chesapeake City, MD 21915
United States
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