50’s Berlin Brigade- 6th Infantry Ike With Bullion Patch


A sweet example of a bullion and silk Berlin, Germany patch made in the 1950’s on a 6th Infantry Ike jacket.

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This is a great 1950’s Ike jacket worn by a private 1st class of the 6th Infantry Regiment, perennially attached to the Berlin Brigade. This appears to be a quartermaster issue blank (unfinished) coat with custom tailoring, with “riri” zipper and a series of snaps that keep the front closed up tight. Made with eyelets for buttons, but never cut for button use. The soldiers last name first initial and last 4 of his ASN are stenciled a couple of places on the green silk lining. No labels of any found.  RiRi zippers were manufactured in Mendrisio, Canton of Ticino, in Switzerland (beginning in 1936).

Insignia on the coat are the 2 pin back 6th Infantry Di’s, US and Infantry discs with inf. plastic backings, embroidered ribbon bars for Good Conduct and Army of Occupation- sewn onto dark brown wool backing., Sterling expert rifleman’s badge with “Rifle” ladder, bullion and silk Presidential Unit Citation ribbon. Infantry chest cord, PFC chevrons.

The Berlin patch is 4.5 inches high, silk threads with tiny rainbow colors sewn under the wide band of blue. Silver bullion used on the sword blade, gold bullion used for “BERLIN and border work, all done on medium blue velvet. The outer border uses an intermittent pattern of two twisted and one smooth strand. It appears that some of the bullion is damaged on the right side; it is complete, it has just shifted over the years from storage or whatever. This is a real looker.

Finally the cravat of light blue silk with three adjustment snaps. No markings visible.

When I bought this jacket, the cords were on the right shoulder. When I was stationed in Berlin in the 1970s, we wore it on the left side. We still used cravats;  ours had a 6th Infantry embroidered DUI at the throat area.