His Imperial Majesty's Own Escort Parade Uniform Cherkeska
Uniform, Military; Cherkeska
Felt, Velvet, Cloth, Galloon, Brass, Wood, Bone, Thread and Sequins
H 130 cm x W 155 cm
Gift. Obedinenie Diviziona Sobstvennogo Ego Imperatorskogo Velichestva Konvoia. 1997
Cherkeska (circassian coat). Part of parade uniform of His Imperial Majesty's Own Escort (Собственный Его Императорского Величества Конвой). Scarlet felt edged with silver and gold striped galloon. On chest are blue velvet shield-shaped patches edged with galloon, and ten cartridge pockets on each side. Pockets contain bone and wood carridges attatched to brass chains hanging below shoulders. On shoulder are metal thread and sequin loops for shoulder boards. Two pockets on back of coat.
Cherkeska may have belonged to Rotmistr (Captian) P.T. Kulebiakin, who accompanied Alexander II on 1 March 1881 when the emperor was assassinated. Cherkeska was brought out of Russia and was in custody of Aleksandr A. Kravchenko.