M 1955 Tuzhurka dress tunic for an Artillery captain,
The tunic is in heavy gray napped wool, open collar, double-
breasted, with red piping. Metal gold leaf motif decorations
are pinned to lapels and cuffs (in lieu of much more
expensive and easy to damage gold bullion embroidery). Brass
branch insignia (crossed cannons) on lapels. Shoulder boards
are 4-sided, in gold bullion with red piping and stripes and
silver stars, attached Moscow manufacturer's label sewn in
place in the inside pocket. Brass buttons are dated 1956.
About a size 40 with 25" sleeves (seam to cuff).
Very good condition. There are one or two small areas of
surface dirt on the sleeves that would probably clean up
with a brushing. The tunic has had moth problems -
particularly on the cuffs, with the worst damage being to
the left cuff (please see our photographs). there is a moth
nip on the right lapel but when the tunic is buttoned, it is
completely hidden. (We have freeze treated the tunic and it
no longer has any active problems.) Displayed on a torso
manikin with a shirt and tie, it presents well and actually
looks quite "smart". Were it not for its association with
temporarily disgraced Zhukov (whom Khrushchev summarily
demoted from being Minister of Defense in December of 1957),
this pattern coat would probably have been used by the
Soviet Army through the entire Cold War era.
It is interesting to note that the words used to describe
the the fabric's official shade translate as "steel
Please note: the shirt and tie are not included.