Formal uniform of the Carabinieri, made and used circa 1900-1916. It belonged to Pasqualino Giordano, born 12 July 1867 in Italy. Pasqualino entered the Carabinieri in Benevento as soon as he graduated from school, and was later made a captain. He died on 14 April 1916 as a result of an accident. He was due to become a major two months before his death. His daughter Mrs Franco Giordano emigrated to Australia in 1956, bringing the uniform with her.

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.

Physical Description

Black jacket tailored in woollen broadcloth with red trimming, silver metal thread machine embroidery in a leaf pattern on the stand-up collar, cuffs and tails. Double row of silver metal buttons down front, across waist of back and on cuffs. Cotton twill lining.

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