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
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.