Studio Photo of an NCO with unusual props - a book and
flowers, circa early 1900s.
Measures approx. 3 ½ " x 5 ½ ". Apparently not a stranger to
vanity, the officer displays an uncommon watch fob hanging
out of his breast pocket that consists of a length of plain
chain links alternating with a length of solid metal at
regular intervals. His belt buckle appears to be standard
issue for Russian infantry units.
Good condition, although there is a crease that runs from
the bottom of the picture to about his right hand and
another crease that runs along the very bottom about 3/8"
from the edge. There is a third crease in the bottom right
hand corner. In spite of these and some very minor scuffing
at the edges and age staining on the verso, nothing
adversely affects the main focal area of the portrait.
Very informative photo provides excellent detail of the
sergeant's uniform. While the flowers may have been the
photographer's idea, in many countries the presence of a
book in a portrait photo was traditionally taken as an
indication that the sitter was able to read and write.