French or possibly Russian uniform?

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French or possibly Russian uniform?

Post by Robur1 » 02 Oct 2021 11:08

I am new to this forum and ask for your help to identify the uniform, and if possible the decorations, on this photo. The person is likely a family member born in Odessa in the late 19th century. Most of the family members moved to France during the revolution. The photo is likely a photo of some kind of official document since you can barely make out stamps on the lower corners with the letters KO.
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Re: French or possibly Russian uniform?

Post by von thoma » 02 Oct 2021 22:01

Hello Robur1 ;

Welcome to AHF.

Too young to be a soldier, doesn't look like a military uniform with these kind of buttons.
Most likely it is an academy, university or school uniform.
That's my idea...
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Re: French or possibly Russian uniform?

Post by Hans1906 » 02 Oct 2021 22:22

The "idea" is interesting, and the two "small" awards speak more to civilian awards.

"Kadettenanstalt" / "Kadettenschule" very likely.

Attached photo from a german "Kadettenanstalt" around 1900/1905.
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Re: French or possibly Russian uniform?

Post by Robur1 » 03 Oct 2021 06:01

Gentlemen,
thanks for your excellent suggestions! Would indeed explain the buttons and lack of military insignia. A relative has now suggested that it may be a portrait of a person born in Odessa in 1900. A Russian "Kadettenanstalt"?

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Re: French or possibly Russian uniform?

Post by Robur1 » 03 Oct 2021 11:31

Another picture of a young relative in uniform also probably born in Odessa in the late 19th century. Also a school uniform, do you think?
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