Blank colour postcard featuring a reproduction of work by Giovanni Fattori "Carabiniere in perlustrazione" (Carabiniere on patrol) created in 1880. It is part of a series of Carabinieri postcards printed by Stab. L. Salmone in Rome, circa 1990. It depicts a Carabinieri on horseback on patrol. It was brought to Australia by an Italian migrant.

The Arma dei Carabinieri (Carabinieri) was created by King Victor Emmanuel I of Savoy, with the aim of providing the Kingdom of Sardinia with a police corps in 1814. After the unification of Italy the Carabinieri were appointed the First Force of the a newly founded Italian Army in 1861. In 2000 they became a separate branch of the Italian Armed Forces. The Carabinieri undertake both civilian police work and military work.

The uniform depicted on the postcard is the initial uniform of the Carabinieri which consisted of dark blue pants and jacket with silver braid around the collar and cuffs, edges trimmed in scarlet and epaulettes in silver. The mounted division had white fringes and, the infantry had light blue. Their headgear was a distinctive hat with two points popularly called the lucerna. The Carabinieri still use a version of this historic uniform today for ceremonies.

Physical Description

Rectangular postcard, printed in colour and featuring reproduction of work by Giovanni Fattori: "Carabiniere in perlustrazione (1900). The picture depicts a lone man on horse back, dressed in military costume. Both the man and the horse are viewed from the back and appear to be situated on the side of a hill. In the fore ground there is a segment of a wooden fence, and a rock or stone marker. The reverse side of the postcard is cream in colour with some print and markings in grey ink.

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