Cabinet Photo of a Portly Farmer's Market Policeman.
Sized approximately 4 3/16" by 6". Sitter is at a desk with open book. Wears an 1881 Pattern shaska with leather Sword Knot. Shoulder straps do not appear to have numbers or monograms; under magnification, heraldic device on hatband may bear a large letter "E". Bottom edge of card cut off. Reverse blank except for minor ink staining and an inscription in red ink that identifies him as a guardian of produce.
Fair to good condition. Holes in photo indicate that the picture was probably once attached to a document of some sort. Someone has written the number 18 on the right hand side of the photo. The actual image area of the sitter looking thoughtfully out at the camera is completely undamaged. The photo could satisfactorily mat down to carte de visite size.
One wonders if he ever had occasion to draw his regulation sword in the line of duty.