When might you guess this picture was taken? These are combat-ready French cavalry soldiers in 1914.
Note the Berthier carbine of the specific cuirassier model, featuring a combless stock with a soft leather butt pad.
Garde Kurassier, Imperial Germany
Mle 1854 Imperial Guard Cuirassier’s Cuirass and Helmet
Helmet manufactured c.early 1870′s by Delachaussée – serial number 1.
Cuirass made by the Manufacture Impériale de Klingenthal c.1856, size 2 width 1 – serial number 89.
Steel with brass fittings, stamped imperial crest on the helmet, with horsehair on the comb.
Although mostly obsolete by the time of the Franco-Prussian war, these suits of armor were still impervious to any melee weapons, and pistol shots up to point-blank range.
German cuirassiers “Emperor Nicholas I of Russia” sword.
6th (Brandenburg) Cuirassiers “Emperor Nicholas I of Russia” regiment was formed in 1807. In 1817 grand duke Nicholas Pavlovich became its colonel in chief.
This sword was used in 1890-1910.
cuirassier officier helmet model 1845, modified during the 2nd Empire.
casque d officier de cuirassier modele 1845 modifie 1858 second empire
French Cuirassier’s armor Mle1825 for troopers of Charles X’s Royal Guard
Etched breastplate with Medici coat of arms, Tuscany (Italy), 16th century.
from Czerny’s International Auction House
French cuirassier mobilization,1914