Cabinet Photograph
C. J. Farlie - Photographer
74 Wellington Street, Woolwich, England
c. 1880

A staff sergeant of the Army Service Corps (AS
C) in a well realized portrait probably taken around the time of the 2nd Anglo-Afghan War and the Anglo-Zulu War. His blue home
service helmet bears the 1869-1881 shako plate which carried the corps initials in a row instead of the intertwined cipher as seen on post-1881 helmet p
lates. The ASC wore overall
blue uniforms although the tonal qualities of this image gives me the impression that this sergeant's tunic was
a slightly lighter blue than his trousers. His belt with its snake type clasp
w
as brown leather. He carries a Gothic-hilted NCOs sword.