An interesting character study of a young Imperial German naval rating wearing a Tropenhelm (tropical helmet) and holding a small delicately curved pipe between his teeth. The
photo was probably taken just prior to his overseas deployment to one of Imperial Germany's far flung imperial holdings possibly in China or the South Pacific.

Cabinet Photograph
C. M. Forneck - Photographer
Merseburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
c. 1900s