Luftwaffe kapokschwimmwesten, 10-76 B-1

Luftwaffe kapokschwimmwesten, 10-76 B-1

Code: MW24843

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FL.30156.  Kapok type schwimmweste.  Manufactured by the Klepper Works, Rosenheim.  Comprised of a number of kapok filled cotton canvas rolls bound together with thick cord to form a basic waistcoat.  This second pattern was introduced in 1943 and had an 'open' back designed to prevent instability problems found with the earlier full-backed version.  Instead it was fitted with a vertically positioned webbing strap that passed between the legs and another horizontal strap linking each side of the vest.  A large collar formed from more kapok filled rolls provided head and chin support that could be adjusted with the use of press studs on each side.  The vest fastened at the front using three basic wooden toggles and cord, with a narrow webbing strap and corresponding metal rings at the waist.

The cotton 'sausages' are in excellent condition, there is a little staining and fading but no damage.  All straps are present - a little faded but very good.  The metal rings have surface corrosion and the strap securing them has been restitched (see photograph).   Some of the collar press studs also have surface corrosion but both of the painted covers are good.  With cloth label bearing manufacturer's details.  A really good example and an excellent display piece.  Stock code MW24843.