A fine image showing a young artillery officer in 1851 dress uniform.
Most likely a state officer wearing his 1851 pattern dress uniform, posing for this photograph. This ruby 9th plate size (2 x 2 5/8 inches) shows many features of the regulation style uniform, with slight deviation in shako insignia. The insignia is not the standard eagle insignia under the pom pom, and the gilt tinted crossed sabers are bracketed by the regiment number “3” on one side, and what appears to be a “B” for the battery on the other side. Other than these differences, I see no other departures from regulation.
The epaulettes have lieutenant rank applied, and he wears a sword belt with sash and 1850 pattern foot officer’s sword.
Mounted in gilt frame and mat, and set in a fine, highly dimensional floral gutta percha frame, with brass ring on the reverse for hanging. Condition is excellent.
A great image from the Robert Borrell Artillery Collection.