Naval NCO

aicusv

Active member
I know we have a couple of members who collect Naval uniforms. I'm trying to find out how senior NCOs were uniformed in the Imperial German Navy? Did they wear a "sailor suit" with the rank on the sleeve or did they wear a distinctive uniform? I can find information on the enlisted ratings and Officers, but on NCOs . The only senior NCO I could was a paymaster and his uniform was "special".
Thanks
 

aicusv

Active member
Thanks, but that's the site that started me thinking about this. I believe I may have an answer, but need conformation.
 

SkipperJohn

Well-known member
Well here's an idea:
The uniform I own belonged to an Ober-Matrose and did not incorporate the gilt lace of an NCO:

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The sailors in this photo appear to be NCO's and their sleeves have the gilt lace:

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I don't know if the German Navy had a special uniform for Senior Chief's or Master Chief's.

John :)
 

aicusv

Active member
Thank you.This answers my original question. Now for question 2; did they wear the lace on the jumper cuff as well? Funny there is so much information out there about the Army, but so little about the Navy.
 

Sandmann

Well-known member
Did you look to Table-No.29 of the Henkel-Atlas? In acc. to germancolonialuniforms.co.uk the uniform of a Senior-NCO is similar to Vize-Feldwebel or Feldwebel. And on Table 29 of the Henkel-Atlas a Feldwebel wears a sailor-suite with 2 gilt laces on his sleeves, the Vice-Feldwebel got only 1 gilt lace. But after 25 years of service the uniform changed into a frock coat without gilt laces.
Unfortunately I can‘t show pictures, because the upload is not working from my tablet :? But I can send you a PM with the Table if you like.
 

aicusv

Active member
Thank you - I would like a copy of the table. I believe I'm starting to understand their appearance.
 
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