I have acquired this telogreika back from the customer who bought it previously, and pleased to offer it once a gain.
The summer 0f 2016, I was able to purchase a small lot of Soviet winter clothing. This lot included 2 Telogriekas and a pair of Vatni-Sharovari (Padded Trousers). These items were literal barn finds. The came to me, chicken droppings and all… and I’m not kidding. These items had gone into storage basically mint, unissued. They are still nice, but now have some soiling, fading, and mouse damage.
This Telogrieka is from this lot. Typical wartime construction. Half belt in the reverse and no internal chest pocket. This specimen has all 7 original, factory sewn buttons. 6 and 1/2 really, as the neck closure is 1/2 missing, but the remaining half is factory original. These are 22mm black painted wood. The exterior has strong color, but does have some mouse chew holes near the right shoulder and upper right sleeve. The interior is in the typical grey cotton found in many Soviet uniform and head gear items. There are 2 stamps to the interior, which are interesting. The first is a large control stamp of some sort, dated 1938. Of course this is a bit early for serial production of military Telogrieka. Closer examination of this stamp shows that it was on the grey liner cloth before it was assembled in to this jacket. The stamp goes all the way to the bottom of the quilting stitch and under the quilting thread stitch. It must have been on the roll of grey material prior, a material that was used much earlier than 1938, and long after. The second stamp to the interior is a diamond containing “40”. I do presume this is the actual factory date. Despite the mouse damage, this example is quite nice and represents a rare opportunity at a completely unaltered, never repaired, factory garment.