Blank colour postcard featuring a reproduction of work by Giovanni Fattori "Carabinieri 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 two Carabinieri on patrol on horseback. 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: "Carabinieri in perlustrazione (1880). The picture depicts three men on horseback in a rural or bushland setting. Two of the figures are quite large in size, while the other, which is meant to be in the distance is only very small. The largest of the figures is viewed from the back in a semi, side-on position and the other two are viewed straight form behind.

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