WW I Russian Sergeant in Overcoat and Papakha with Sword.
Measures 3 ½" by 5 3/8" Pre-printed postcard format on reverse. Soldier wears a papakha, gloves and regulation overcoat. Belt has large, plain buckle. He carries a dragoon trooper's 1881 Pattern shashka with leather tassel and poses next to a vase with flowers - the vase decorated to look fashionably "art nouveau". Reverse bears an non-Russian ink inscription in one of the Baltic languages dated 28 January 1915.
Excellent condition. The corners are shiny from being rubbed while mounted in an album - and one corner is slightly torn. The image area of the soldier and the table he stands next to, however, is completely undamaged.
Nice uniform study - this is the way all Russian Army NCOs were supposed to be turned out in the wintertime.