June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


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Quarter Plate Ambrotype of an English Sergeant Wearing a Unique Crimean War-Era Sweater

Quarter plate ambrotype of an unidentified, English sergeant wearing the ubiquitous brass, undress snake belt and forage cap, which is most unusual because it bears none of the typical insignia that would normally indicate his regiment or corps; however he is most likely infantry. The sergeant also appears to have a knife hanging from his belt. What is significant about the image is the sitter's entirely non-regulation cardigan sweater with chevrons, popularized during the Crimean War. When the plate is reversed, the lettering reads from side to side C and A, and from top to bottom V and 5. We suspect that the acronym applied to the non-regulation sweater relates to some inter-regimental sporting club, which was popular and encouraged in the Victorian Army. Ca 1856. Housed in thermoplastic case.

Condition:With a few nicks / scratches in the emulsion.

Estimate: $400 - $600
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