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Could you please help identify the era, branch and type of uniform.
Picture is of my great uncle from the Italian military.
Any help would be greatly appreciated

Thank you for your time

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Hello,
your picture shows an infantryman (there are no ranks on his uniform, so it's probably he was a private during his compulsory period of military service) who served in the 74th infantry regiment in Mantua during the late 1890's.
He's carrying a sabre Model 1843 for infantrymen and NCO's.
The mustaches your great uncle sported were very typical of the period: common people as well as soldiers grew them in the style used by king Umberto I .

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