Carabinier à Cheval Officer’s Mle 1856 armor
Manufactured by A. Pestillat in Paris, France c.1856~70.
Steel with brass exterior plates, Brunswick star medallion with the Imperial eagle crest.
Officer cuirasses and backplates were noticeably more form-fitting and crimped at the waist than trooper models, making them about 43% fancier. Very few cavalry units in Europe still wore plate armor, but France hung on to it until World War I with increasingly diminishing returns.