She was probably following the trend popular during the Anglo-Boer War in which women showed their patriotism ans support of the war by dressing in costume variations of British
military uniforms. Sometimes (as depicted in other images in this section) such women chose to be photographed in the actual uniform of a male acquaintance or family member while
on other occasions these uniforms where of a clearly theatrical or costume nature. This is an example of the later. She wears a small stylized version of the slouch type hats that were
so popularly worn in South Africa and it is possible that she was related to a member of the Imperial Yeomanry. She also wears a costume (non-functional) version of a mounted
infantry bandoleer over her shoulder. One of the more interesting and small details in this image in the intertwined hearts brooch she wears at her neck which is just visible between
the closing of her stand a fall collar. This "sweetheart" brooch would indeed seem to indicate that she was related in some way to a member of Her Majesty's forces serving in the
then ongoing war.

Cabinet Photograph
Biddle & Dowdall - Photographers
49 King William Street, E.C. & 1 Ondine Road, East Dulwich, S.E., London, England
c. 1900