And for this Friday, another Italian studio photograph. This picture is interesting for at least two reasons: The “controspalline” (i.e. the piece of cloth sewn above the shoulder) can be clearly seen (they’re missing on several uniforms worn during the Great War) and this soldier wears a wool pullover, which almost hides his collar ranks.



2 thoughts on “Controspalline

  1. Don’t want to look like fastidious but in many sources the technical name is “spallini”. Controspalline are the rectangular pieces of clothes, sewn to the sleeve and blocked with a button, where typically the officers’ ranks are placed. Among soldiers the “spallini” were also called “salsicciotti” (sausages) or “salamini” (small salamis) for obvious reasons.

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