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  1. Bonjour, I am a bit puzzled with the early 1900s Japanese blue uniform for Line Cavalry. Most period colored illustrations (Ukiyo-e) shows pattern as per following Uniform Plates : Blue Attila, Red Breeches, green collar and green band on breeches, yellow attila braiding and yellow cap band. The above is from Sino-Japanese War ("Our Cavalry Scouts Reconnoitering the Enemy Camp at Fengtienfu", my collection), but period books on the Russo-Japanese War generally say that cap band is red for Imperial Guard, and yellow for rest of the army (except special odd cases, medical and commissariat). However, the superb illustration on cover of the Osprey book is showing Cavalry officer in Winter Uniform with green band on blue cap. Same green bands depicted in Ritta Nakanishi's "Japanese Military Uniforms 1841-1929" : Same book shows next "Divisional Cavalry" (figures 4 and 8) with Yellow Cap Band : So I'm puzzled ?? Was there a change at some point in these years ? Is it a difference between divisional and independent division Cavalry ? Thanks for clearing that one up ! Bien cordialement, Jérôme
  2. Great pics, sweet ! The Lieutenant-Colonel is Eugène-Isidore Pinet. He went to Mexico as a Sergent in the 95e de Ligne, sailing on 23 August 1862. He was promoted a Sous-Lieutenant in the Régiment Etranger on 5 April 1865. He left Mexico in 1867, sailing back to Algeria, where he landed on 17 April. (Much !) later, he joined 55e de Ligne as a Lieutenant-Colonel, on 11 October 1894. Cheers ! Jerome
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    Hussars Dolman

    Bonsoir Dave, The stamp you are showing seems to be saying "COSTUMIER" or "COSTUMIERE". The design of the Domans certainly looks like pre-1830 (probably Napoleonic) ; but from the photos, the pieces don't look to be period - I'd venture costumes for theatre (or cinema). Such repro uniforms have been around since at least mid-XIXth century. Rgds, Jerome
  4. My pleasure Jim. As it stands, the Crimea medal is correct with its "Sebastopol" clasp. Bien cordialement, Jérôme
  5. bonjour, Looks like the Légion d'honneur was hard-earnt too ; the 1862 decree states : "Meneboode (Benoît-Charles-Henri) , lieutenant au quatre-vingt-onzième régiment d'infanterie de ligne; vingt ans de service effectif, 8 campagnes, 3 blessures." (20 years service, 8 campaigns, 3 wounds) 91e de Ligne was the old 16e Léger ; and it seems to have been a family affair, as the 1852 Annuaire Militaire shows a MENEBOODE as "Capitaine d'Habillement" au 16e Léger - his uncle as it seems from a genealogical website... Benoît-Charles-Henry MENEBOODE was a Sergent-Major in the 5e Compagnie of the 1er Bataillon of the 91e de Ligne (Capitaine DE POILLOUE DE ST-MARS) when the Company embarked at Philippeville (Algeria) on 14 January 1855 (Morning). They disembarked at Constantinople on 22nd inst, evening. They embarked there on the morning of 1st March, to reach Kamiesch on 5th, evening. That Compagnie was re-numbered 1re Compagnie of the 3e Bataillon. Its Captain was detached as Officier d'Ordonnance of the Général de Division. The Compagnie took part in the 18 June 1855 attack, colloquially called "Mamelon Vert" ; half the regiment was killed or wounded there, inluding 20 officers. MENEBOODE's compagnie lost its 2 officers there - Lieutenant ANOT, killed in action, and Sous-Lieutenant MALLAY, taken prisonner by the Russians. On 23 June, MENEBOODE transferred to the Grenadiers Company of the1er Bataillon, replacing in this Elite Company Sergent-Major ORSAL who had been killed on 18th June. He would not stay long with them, being commissioned a Sous-Lieutenant by the Général en Chef commandant l'Armée d'Orient on 29th June, and assigned to his former Compagnie (1re of the 3e Bataillon), now depleted of officers as we saw. MENEBOODE entered the Ambulance on 21st July. I cannot say is this is due to a wound, or sickness. He was evacuated from the Crimea, and sent back to Dunkirk (this is dated 2nd September, but I cannot say for sure if this is the date he left, or the date he reached). MENEBOODE was promoted to Lieutenant, decree dated 23rd September 1855 and received by the regiment on 3rd October, and transferred to the 4e Compagnie of the 2e Bataillon of the Regiment. While on sick leave, his health apparently deteriorated, as he was admitted into Dunkerque hospital on 25 November 1855. Discharged on 30 december, his sick-leave was extended by another 3 months. He made back for Marseille on 24th February 1856, was admitted into Marseille hospital on 27th, and discharged on 11 March 1856. On 15th March morning, he ...embarked for the Crimea, disembarking at Kamiesch on 5th April afternoon. He would eventually leave the Crimea with his Compagnie the next month, embarking at Kamiesch on 13th May (morning), and finally disembarking at Marseille on 25th inst., afternoon. Cheers ! Jerome
  6. Hi gents, sorry I cannot get anything more detailed for the Cross ; but a badge looks possible indeed. Thomas, Thanks for this photo - very nice ! And... introducing another old Vet'.. Photo re-cut to fit in a 1860s album ; no photographer's détails whatsoever. I love the colouring ! Salutations, Jérôme
  7. Bonjour Colin, Find below the profile view. Cheers ! Jerome
  8. Bonjour, Superb sculpting, congratulations ! Fournier-Sarlovèze was a fascinating character ; there was a very interesting article about him (in French) in "Vivat Hussar" No.16, pp.53-82, Tarbes, 1981.(apparently a reprint of the same article previously published in "Le Ruban Rouge" No.28) Article including a reproduction of a copper etched profile portrait. You already saw that one ? Salutations, Jérôme
  9. Djedj

    Old photo

    Bonjour, Here are text and translation : "J'espère que nous aurons bientôt de vos nouvelles ; quand rentres-tu en classe. Je vous embrasse tous bien affectueusement. Ta Tante." "I hope we will soon get news from you ; when will you start school ? I kiss you all very dearly. Your Aunt." Cheers ! Jerome
  10. Thanks gents for the comments, the explanations on the medals, and checking the name ! MMh, so there seems to be some mystery here ? Well sometimes names found on CDVs are dedications rather than signatures ; doesn't really look to be the case here, but that could be a lead... Cheers ! Jerome
  11. Greetings, Meet Herr Heinrich PRETZEL, who seems to have had some interesting years : Photo was taken in Gross-Tychow (now "Tychowo"), not so far from Danzig/Gdansk. Any chance to identify his other awards / decypher the comments / find out more about his service ? Cheers ! Jerome
  12. Bonjour, Here is a slightly later Greek Cavalry Officer in undress : Cap style is different - more modern, but my Cabinet Photo is likely c. 1895-1900. Your CDV bears a likeness to King Gorgios 1st btw. I'm not 100% here, but that could be him - and then a CDV from anywhere in Europe would make much sense. Salutations, Jerome
  13. Bonjour, Late reply ! But I think Greek Cavalry Officer in undress. See some full dress pics here : http://www.hussards-photos.com/Grece_home.htm Meilleures salutations, Jerome
  14. ...but what's more interesting is seeing we have all these slight differences for the dolmans ! Here the braids : And here the sleeve knots ! Meilleures salutations ! Jerome
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