Württemberg Grenadier-Regt. 119
Mannschaften (Other Ranks) Model 1871 Waffenrock
Model 1871 Mannschaften (Other Ranks) Waffenrock from Grenadier Regt. Königin Olga (1.Württembergisches) Nr. 119, Stuttgart, XIII Armee-Korps. Prior to 1864, Württemberg troops wore a uniform similar to the Preußen pattern Model 1849 Waffenrock. In 1864 Württemberg introduced a unique pattern of double-breasted Waffenrock. On this tunic, the collars and cuffs were of different colors for the different regiments. In 1871 an updated version of the pattern was released, known as the Model 1871 Waffenrock. At the same time the Preußen pattern Pickelhaube replaced the cloth Kepis that Württemberg troops had worn up to that time.
The Württemberg Model 1871 Waffenrock was made from doeskin wool with six 25mm buttons down each side of the breast. The front of the Waffenrock was not scalloped on the top and only piped on one side. The cuffs on this example are Swedish pattern, a common feature to Württemberg Grenadier Regiments 119 and 123. In 1892 the Model 1871 Württemberg pattern Waffenrock was replaced by the standard Preußen pattern Waffenrock. Surviving examples of this pattern are rare.
A view of the collar and shoulder straps. Unlike other German units, the gilt or silver buttons on Württemberg Waffenrock do not always match the color of the metal fittings on the Pickelhaube. With Grenadier-Regt. Königin Olga, the tunic buttons were gilt, but the helmet fittings were German-silver. The collar (and cuff) Litzen were white to match the fittings on the Pickelhaube. The cypher of Queen Olga on the shoulders straps are cut from fine felt and separately sewn on.
The sleeves and the top interior of the tunic are completely lined in an off-white heavy linen. The lower half of the interior is lined in black linen. The shoulders are padded and sewn in a circular manner, typical for tunics from the 1870s. Note that the rear skirt is one piece, and does not open for ventilation on the back.
A close-up of the double Garde Litzen worn on the cuffs by this regiment. Note that the buttons are gilt, while the helmet fittings for this regiment are German-silver to match the color of the Garde Litzen. And yes, that is me reflected in the button!
A close-up of one of the the shoulder straps.
A Mannschaften (Other Ranks) soldier wearing a Württemberg Model 1871 Waffenrock. The black collar and shoulder strap cypher indicates that this man served with Württemberg Field Artillery Regt Nr. 13. The photograph was taken in Ulm and has been hand-colored.
The matching Waffenrock Schirmmütze and Pickelhaube to Grenadier Regt. Königin Olga (1.Württembergisches) Nr. 119, Stuttgart, XIII Armee-Korps. To see the Pickelhaube click Here. To see the Schirmmütze click Here.