Help identifying uniform from the 1900s?

Brought this uniform to America.

Mustachio'd man with large shoulderboards and looped chains

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    You'll need to include a photo or two and add some explanation of what you already know about the uniform and where it was from.
    – Steve Bird
    Commented Jan 4, 2022 at 12:11
  • Is the original photo this blurry around the medals, or just the snapshot?
    – T.E.D.
    Commented Jan 4, 2022 at 14:18
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    What do you mean by "These Medals"? The uniformed man has a little cross pinned to his jacket, and the 2 large discs don't look like medals to me. His uniform looks like a US cavalry full dress uniform from the 1870s or a similar one.
    – MAGolding
    Commented Jan 4, 2022 at 18:19

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The only distinctive thing I could guess where the uniform came from is the United States according to the buckle. It looks like a Union Army NCO/Officer buckle. It looks something like this:


  • But the bright shiny helmet is/was not a US Army pattern. True, the US Army wore helmets in the late 1800's, but the helmets were black with brass national insignia. Cords also not regular army. If US, this is a militia uniform, not US Army.
    – R Leonard
    Commented Jan 4, 2022 at 19:48
  • And US Army officer's dress uniform of the period would double breasted, two rows of buttons, not the single shown. Note this dashing fellow, numerous differences in the uniforms. i1.wp.com/emergingcivilwar.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/…
    – R Leonard
    Commented Jan 4, 2022 at 19:56

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