qsy-complains-a-lot: Carabinier à Cheval Officer’s Mle 1856…

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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.