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1888 Chromolithograph Poland Military Uniform Janissary Army Cavalryman LCH5
1888 Chromolithograph Poland Military Uniform Janissary Army Cavalryman LCH5
1888 Chromolithograph Poland Military Uniform Janissary Army Cavalryman LCH5

1888 Chromolithograph Poland Military Uniform Janissary Army Cavalryman LCH5

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This is a rare original 1888 color chromolithograph which depicts some of the military uniforms of the Janissary muskeeters who made up the Polish Royal Guard during the reign of John III Sobieski in the 17th century. The Janissaries were a powerful force. Originally trained to fight for the sultans of the Ottoman Empire, they became too politically powerful for their own good and actually lost momentum as a fighting army. This oversight allowed John Sobieski to victory over the Turks during the Polish-Ottoman War, and he retained captured Janissaries for his own personal guard. Back in the Ottoman Empire, the Janissaries were eventually disbanded by the Turks after a horrific uprising that left members of the Ottoman nobility dead.

Key Elements in Each Panel

Top - 1. Billiepassi, commander of the Janassaries, wearing a joupane and kontusz - 2. Polish general wearing a kolpak and a delia - 3. Ottapasch Porrutschnik, Janissary lieutenant, wearing a turban.

Bottom - 4. Jeschemek, Janissary corporal, wearing a kulak headdress with a long uskinf - 5. Jeschmek holding an iron halberd - 6. Wartapssi-Consqui, a guard of the royal flag - 7. Janissary of the royal palace - 8. Beuraktar-Courougi, Janissary standard-bearer.


This 123+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Chromolithograph; Color
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10 x 13.5 inches; 25 x 34 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper has obtained an extraordinary, ultra-rare collection of original color and chromolithographs, which capture a myriad of ancient cultures and costumes from around the world. Virtually unseen individually, and from perhaps the most coveted portfolio of costumes from the 19th century, these historically important elephant folio-sized chromolithographs depict a myriad of costumes that capture fashions, fads and traditional outfits, as well as the beautiful jewelry work of almost every major European society throughout the last few centuries. Featured in these regions include, Basque, Scotland, Brittany, Moscow, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, England and Holland; there are beautiful illustrations for all, each more unique than the next.

The originals offered are from the first edition of RacinetÕs masterwork on costumes of the world. Many have been heightened in gold and silver. The full color chromolithographs are some of the most spectacular we have procured. The duotone chromolithographs are stunning and impeccably preserved. Each piece from the collection is in museum-quality condition.

Keywords specific to this image: historical, rifle, steed, mount, horse, equestrian, sword