Grenadiers of Pavlovsky Regiment in "Full Dress" Uniform,
studio photo dated 1917.
Measures approx. 4 1/4 " x 6 " overall, the image being 5
3/4 " in height. A sharp image, extremely informative in
providing details of the uniforms and ornate parade head
gear called "grenaderka". Regimental badges are clearly
visible on the left breasts of the grenadiers. At this point
in the First World War, however, full dress uniforms were no
longer being issued even to the Guards regiments. Chances
are that with the exception of the regimental badges, the
soldiers seen here are actually wearing uniform items that
the photographer kept on hand for sitters to wear in place
of the drab everyday uniforms that they were wearing when
they arrived at the studio.
Very good condition. Very minor scuffing at the edges of the
image, not detracting. The backing is somewhat frayed at the
corners but in good overall condition. The verso has minor
staining towards the edges.
The elaborate ornamental motif on the verso designates the
studio in French as "Atelier Photographique" specializing in
portrait enlargements, advertises the "medals" won by the
photographer at photo shows and carries a stamp with the
name and winter and summer addresses of the photographer.
The decorative sign on the wall reads "In memory of my
military service in Life-Guards Pavlovsky Regiment