be ascertained as belonging to the 14th Hussars thanks to the
regimental specificities of his uniform : he is wearing the typical
officers' busby with white plume ; it is specifically characterized by the absence of
a boss, a long tradition in the Regiment, that will eventually be
officially sanctionned in the 1900 in the Dress Regulations for
Officers of the Army.
also see the regimental officers' dress sabretache pattern ; the
Prussian Eagle (the Regimental badge since 1799) is worn below the
royal cypher and crown.
interesting to note that plaited cap lines are attached to his
feature more usually associated with the 11th Hussars, but that
seemed to have been fashionable in the 14th in the early 1860s.
really intriguing here is that our Lieutenant's portrait was taken
in Nice or Cannes : what could our Hussar have been doing with his
full uniform on the French Riviera ?
The backplate of the photographer bears the Royal Arms ; did Emile
Messy rather make to trip to England ?