A collodion positive (ambrotype) of an officer in full uniform, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1860. This British cavalry soldier is wearing a short, tight fitting shell jacket and cap, carrying his sword and gloves in his hands. He had probably served in the British army during the Crimean War (1854-1856). This photograph has been hand-coloured to give a realistic colour to the Officer's uniform and to pick out the gold embroidery, sash and ring that he wears. The collodion positive process (also commonly known as ambrotype) was popular during the 1850s and 1860s. An underexposed collodion negative on glass was backed with a black opaque coating to create a unique positive image.
© Science & Society