This c. 1880s carte de visite captures the smiling (surprising for the era) likeness of a guardsman of the Scots Guards. Completely unmarked, the carte may have been made for
commercial sale - a souvenir of sorts - as opposed to a personal photograph of the depicted soldier.
The guardsman is fully outfitted for home service He is armed with a Martini-Henry rifle with a fixed "lunger" bayonet. His equipment is of the 1882 Valise pattern. His "Italian" pattern water bottle is just visible under the crook of his right arm.
Carte de Visite