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This is one of the few conical helmets of the period to retain its original brim, nasal, cheeks, and nape defense. The brass trim, engraved with a zigzag motif, is typical of Mamluk and Ottoman helmets about 1500.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Russian Independent Caucasian Corps, Crimean War
Shtab-Ofitser (Field Officer) of an Infantry Regiment, winter ceremonial parade dress, c. 1855
In 1834 the ten regiments of the Caucasus were reconstituted as 20 and 21 Infantry Divisions, each with two line and two light infantry regiments and a brigade of grenadiers. In 1845, 19 Infantry Division was formed and the three divisions formed the basis for the Independent Caucasian Corps. To this were added Cossacks and dragoons. Full-skirted tunics are normally worn in this corps and they have adopted the Caucasian hillman’s distinctive head-dress. Otherwise, except in the pattern of some swords, there was little difference between the Caucasian Corps and divisions elsewhere.
Ryadovoi (Private) of infantry, winter general service uniform, c. 1855
Caucasian infantry, like the rifle battalions and the fourth regiment of the line in infantry divisions, always wore black waist- and shoulder-belts instead of the customary while. Except for the short Caucasian sword with the additional bayonet mounting on the scabbard, the soldier’s arms and accoutrements are the same as for the line. Distinctive features of the uniform are: the campaign thigh boots (for ceremonial occasions green overall trousers with red piping are worn); the broad-skirted tunic and the black fur Caucasian-pattern cap. The centre and top of the head-dress presents a skull-cap appearance of dark brown material with piped braiding cross-pieces. The off-white collar and shoulder-straps indicate that the soldier is probably from the third regiment of 21 Infantry Division.
Fifer of a Grenadier (His Imperial Highness the Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich’s) Regiment, summer ceremonial parade uniform, c. 1855
This soldier belongs to the Caucasian Brigade of Grenadiers (later a division of grenadiers). As a bandsman he wears the ceremonial facings on chest, shoulders and sleeves and the short sword (lopast) carried by the Independent Caucasian Corps. The metal container suspended behind the sword scabbard is for the fife. The tunic is of the wide-skirted pattern common in the Caucasus together with summer light-weight linen trousers.
(Michael Roffe for Osprey)