Cabinet Photograph
W. Watson Robertson - Photographer
Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
August 1900

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..given this officer two full reloads for his revolver which would probably been a six-shot Webley. Like the young Winston
Churchill
, this officer could have been armed with a 10-shot C96 “Broomhandle” Mauser but that handgun was engineered to
be loaded via 10-round stripper clips. Carrying individually looped rounds for a C96 would have been rather impractical.


The second - and almost invisible feature - in a very faint line or scratch last runs across the middle of the image at a slight
diagonal. It did indeed appear as a scratch on the surface of the image but when viewed under magnification it turns out that
the line was the result of a cracked glass negative. The negative actually broke clean in half with the break being so clean
that the photographer was able to put the two pieces back together and print the image. One wonders if this officer ever even
noticed this slight defect in the image or if the photographer ever actually told him about it. One of the smaller mysteries of
the Anglo-Boer War.