Early Civil War Era Oval Portrait of a Probable White Army Officer: A Russian Army Lieutenant, 248th Regiment.
Sized 3 3/8" by 5 3/8". Officer wears lieutenant's shoulder boards with large metal numbers "248" attached along with rank star. Cockade on cap has the look of the porcellain examples. Reverse printed in standard postcard format with penciled note dated 12 December 1917.
Very good condition. Pin holes in upper left corner would indicate that this was originally attached to a document of some kind. Small red ink mark. White marks on the cap visor and above officer's right eye do not seem to be the result of surface abrasion but stem from some sort of a darkroom problem.
The Russian Civil War started much earlier than Soviet propagandists and historians wanted everyone to believe. It had in fact already begun by the date on this photo. From the fact that he is wearing an enlisted man's government issue cap and shirt, it is possible to assume that he was one of the very few Russian enlisted men who were ever field promoted. In the event, chances are that he would have been regarded as a "White Army" officer...