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Need Help Identifying This Uniform



dawnan 1 | 2    
15 Aug 2016  #1

I have been stuck on this uniform for years.I have looked through military uniform books and online, but haven't seen another uniform like this. The man seated was my great-great grandfather. This photo was taken around 1904-1905. For starters, this uniform doesn't have the zig-zag trim on the collar that I have seen in so many photos of Polish military men. Is it even a Polish uniform? He was from the Russian occupied area of Poland. I also find it interesting that he is holding the jacket closed as though it doesn't fit. If that's the case, that tells me that he was no longer in the military when the photo was taken. In looking at everyone in the photo, it looks to me as though they had means.

Any help is appreciated. I hate assuming everything.





Veles - | 164    
15 Aug 2016  #2

On a question whether it is a Polish uniform or not, you have answered yourself - Russia occupied Poland. If there is no Polish army, there is no Polish uniform.
OP dawnan 1 | 2    
15 Aug 2016  #3

It doesn't look like any Russian military uniform either, hence the question.
gregy741 3 | 1,082    
15 Aug 2016  #4

isnt tis 19 century russian cape? smthing like this top left here: uk.pinterest.com/pin/485825878534774512/
Veles - | 164    
15 Aug 2016  #5

It doesn't look like any Russian military uniform either,

Why not? By the way, are you 100% sure it is military uniform?
TheOther 5 | 3,098    
15 Aug 2016  #6

are you 100% sure it is military uniform?

Funny that you mention that. My first thought was that the image depicts a postman.
OP dawnan 1 | 2    
15 Aug 2016  #7

Veles--No, I am NOT certain it is a military uniform. I was told he HAD been in the military, but I was also told that we come from French Royalty, and that one of my great greats was a farrier for a Czar. I have yet to prove any of these things. That's why I posted it on this site.
Veles - | 164    
16 Aug 2016  #8

I was told he HAD been in the military

Back then every man was in a military - good old times.
Bartkowiak 5 | 114    
22 Sep 2016  #9

Merged: What uniform is he wearing?

What uniform is he wearing?



Veles - | 164    
24 Nov 2016  #10

@Bartkowiak
I'd be guessing this man wears a uniform of the Border Protection Corps (Korpus Ochrony Pogranicza). Are you able to say in which year this photo was taken?



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