Soviet Army Issue Winter Sheepskin / Cotton Mittens,
The inner layer is Genuine SHEEPSKIN fur; the outer
layer is olive drab cotton, tough and sturdy but soft.
These mittens are Extremely Warm, designed specifically
for super cold Russian winters! The use of expensive
original materials such as sheepskin was uncommon for the
Soviet military but they really spared no cost on these
mittens, clearly a necessity to avoid having soldiers
frozen to death while on guard duty. The "breathable"
sheepskin allowed good circulation within the mitten so
that the moisture wouldn't accumulate and the hands
wouldn't freeze when the temperature dropped. A really
well made piece of military gear!
The size will fit the regular adult man's hand: each
mitten is 12" in total length, 5" across under the thumb
when laid on a flat surface.
One of the mittens in the pair has factory stamp showing
the 1990 date of manufacture. There is a manufacturer's
tag that came with the packing carton of mittens; this
TAG is NOT INCLUDED (we only have one!) but we show a
picture of it simply for your reference.
These mittens were made for the Soviet army but never
issued. Unlike many other pieces of surplus Soviet
equipment that we have encountered over the years, these
were apparently stored in safe, dry warehouse. As the
result, they are in MINT, brand new condition, without
any mildew, stains or nasty smell that other plagues
surplus Soviet items.
These are both great for actual use and as a piece of
Soviet Cold War memorabilia. The design is virtually
unchanged since WW2 so they are also excellent for WW2
Red Army reenactment.
To see other Soviet Military Equipment, visit the
Soviet Military Equipment, Cold
Era , section of our website.