Lot 9027: A formal dress uniform of the Diplomatic Corps, owned by Consul Wilhelm von Pochhammer
November 5, 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Made to measure from fine, midnight blue cloth with black silk liner by Emil Hillmer, Berlin. The jacket in classic cut, the waist-high front double-breasted and open, the back with long cut-away ("swallowtails"). Silver buttons with the Diplomatic Corps eagle, the rising lapels, collar and shoulder boards of black velvet with heavy, silver oak leaf embroidery, the shoulder boards also with correspondingly embroidered national eagles. On the lower left arm is the horseshoe-shaped rank insignia of black velvet with a wide, silver embroidered oak leaf wreath, national eagle and a single star. Orders loops at the breast. With the corresponding midnight blue waistcoat with silver eagle buttons and long trousers with lateral silver oak leaf stripes, each of the same cloth. Nearly never used. Also included is a pair of midnight blue trousers with silver piping at the seams for the service dress uniform and a dark blue waistcoat (small reverse blemishes) with gold eagle buttons (Weimar type) for the Diplomatic uniform from 1930 from his time as consul to Ceylon. Included are the original tailor labels belonging to these uniform pieces, those of "Emil Hillmer, Berlin" and "H. H. Dohmesen & Co., Berlin, Hermann Göringstr. 4" with wearer name "von Pochhammer", which were cut from the uniforms and are laid-in loose. Wilhelm von Pochhammer (born 1892, died 1982) was a German diplomat who by 1919 was already actively employed in the Foreign Service. He became consul in Santiago, Chile in 1938, and from 1942 to 1945 was consul in Buenos Aires. He spent two years in English captivity after the end of the war, and returned to the Diplomatic Service of the German Bundesrepublik. From 1953 to 1957 he was Consul General in Bombay. Also, photocopies of research documentation in regards to von Pochhammer's life story. This uniform is pictured in the reference by Jill Halcomb, "Uniforms and insignia of the German Foreign Office and Government Ministries 1938-1945". A fantastic uniform ensemble of wonderful quality, almost unequalled, with only five pieces known worldwide!
Condition Report: II +
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