Brett Payne wrote:I'd appreciate some help with the identification of this uniform, please.
I'd estimate from my analysis of this photographer (Jacob Schmidt of Belper, Derbyshire) and the carte de visite mount, that the studio portrtait was taken in the mid- to late 1880s, say between 1884 and 1888.
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Tauranga, New Zealand
Brett Payne wrote:That's amazing Frogsmile - you are fast! I'm very grateful for the detailed interpretation that you've provided. I compared it with the uniform in Brawn/Chesterfield portrait which you described as Review Order Dress, probably of the Derbyshire Regiment c. 1899-1901, but found some significant differences, and therefore decided to post it over here.
Am I correct in my understanding then, that the Chesterfield portrait and this one are likely to depict men from the same unit, the 1st Derbyshire Rifle Volunteers, although from different companies and time frames?
Brett Payne wrote:Thanks for the clarification. Goodness me that's complicated. I've begun putting together a chart to help myself understand the changes, and remember them for future reference, but I think I'll be needing more information. Can you suggest an online source please?
Regards and best wishes, Brett
Brett Payne wrote:Thank you frogsmile - that, along with other information, has enabled me to make some substantial improvements to the chart (PDF). Any corrections/suggestions/additions noted very welcome!
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