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 Communications Unit".