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This albumen print is a portrait of captain WH Barten. Identified on a separate paper. 

Does someone know more about this type of uniform? I bought it with UK provenance. 

Print ca. 16 x 12,8 cm. 


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Comment by David Robert Jones on Friday

I googled Captain W.H. Barten and found the website By clicking on the signature on the webpage the letters RE are seen after his name which shows he was in the Royal Engineers. I shared the website with Crimean War enthusiasts and Tim Pickles, who has expert knowledge of uniforms, recognised the uniform as that of the Royal Engineers. The Engineers used staff lace and the red stripe on the trousers is two inches wide. Michael Hargreaves Mawson believes he was actually Captain W. H. Burton, who was commissioned into the Madras Engineers in 1855, served in the Indian Mutiny and retired as colonel in 1890. I hope this helps.


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