Early Civil War Era Oval Portrait of a Probable White Army
Officer: A Russian Army Lieutenant, 248th Regiment.
Sized 3 3/8" by 5 3/8". Officer wears lieutenant's shoulder
boards with large metal numbers "248" attached along with
rank star. Cockade on cap has the look of the porcellain
examples. Reverse printed in standard postcard format with
penciled note dated 12 December 1917.
Very good condition. Pin holes in upper left corner would
indicate that this was originally attached to a document of
some kind. Small red ink mark. White marks on the cap visor
and above officer's right eye do not seem to be the result
of surface abrasion but stem from some sort of a darkroom
The Russian Civil War started much earlier than Soviet
propagandists and historians wanted everyone to believe. It
had in fact already begun by the date on this photo. From
the fact that he is wearing an enlisted man's government
issue cap and shirt, it is possible to assume that he was
one of the very few Russian enlisted men who were ever field
promoted. In the event, chances are that he would have been
regarded as a "White Army" officer...