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Traditional Russian Imperial Palace Messenger uniform casquette cap in mourning colors – of black velvet with black silvered ribbon trim and black Imperial eagle.
Showing age, wear and discoloration. Overall fine example, of extreme rarity. The original sultan of black porcupine needles unfortunately did not survive. All original parts with no restoration or replacements.
A Bit of History
A team of only four "Palace Messengers" served at the Russian Imperial household. They were selected from young handsome men and expected to move quickly through palace premises delivering messages and documents. Palace messenger had a special role among the palace staff and was recognized by his opulent dress of red color lavishly decorated with gold brockade with imperial eagles and a long staff with silver rings and finial. On their heads they wore special red casquettes with a front plate of gilt Imperial eagle and a plum of peacock feathers in Imperial colors or white, black and orange. At the time of mourning over one of the members of the Imperial family the entire palace household wore specially made all-black uniforms.
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Reference: (not a part of this lot)
Nicholas I's funeral in March of the 1855
Regulation drawings of uniform of the Royal Palace Messenger
ca. 1900 Nicholas II era Uniform and hats of the Royal Palace Messenger in the collection of the Russian State Hermitage museum
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