First Lieutenant in Private Purchase Overcoat and Cap, St. George Ribbon sewn to coat flap.
Sized 4 ¼" by 6 3/8". Image is mounted on standard generic "Cabinet Portrait" blank, complete with generic medals of award printed on the reverse (no specific photographer or studio identifications).
Very good to excellent condition. At various places on the front, but particularly down the left side of the photo is staining caused by surplus glue used when the photo was originally attached to the card; while stains are noticeable, they do not interfere with the officer's image. One tiny mark on officer's lip possibly caused by a speck of lint on the negative - easily retouchable.
Absolutely one of the most interesting overcoats we have ever seen. Note the hand warmer pockets and the dark ribbon sewn at an angle to the front. Even though it appears as a sold black color, the fact is that many types of film produced during and before WW I registered yellow and orange as black.( It is not unusual, for example, to see Romanov Tercentenary medals in WW I photos on ribbons almost one half white, one half dark because the "gold" stripe registered as black when the negatives were developed.)