" A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you, the less you know." Diane Arbus
Up for sale is an antique/vintage daguerreotype of a young (serious looking) girl. The daguerreotype is in an intact case with working latches. To the lower left of the photo is the name “ELWELL”, probably the studio that produced the daguerreotype and case. The case measures 3 1/8” by 3 5/8”. My photos are part of my description. Please examine my photos and make your own determination as to condition. The daguerreotype is sold as used and is in very nice vintage condition. It...
A phenomenal quarter plate tintype! Incredible outdoor view taken in camp of three Federal officers and a 1st sergeant. Standing to the far left is a young colored boy with the officer resting his arm on his soldier. Obviously the men thought very highly of him. Possibly adopted by the officer with his arm around him as was done on many an occasion during the war. Behind the men can be seen a number of large trees and white canvas tents. Unfortunately none of the men are identified. Image is hou
A beautiful quarter plate tintype of a Federal musician. Dressed in his frock with the rank of what appears to be a 2nd lieutenant. He cradles this massive over the shoulder sax horn in his arms. You can see the light just glaring off of that brass horn. A nice up-close view of this musician and his horn. That is housed in a full leatherette case. A rare view.
Hidden Mother Tintypes: "The "Hidden Mother" is a type of 19th century photo where a child is photographed sitting in his or her mother's lap. Later, the photo is matted or framed to hide the mother, leaving just the calm child in view. To make the cropping less obvious, the mother was sometimes wrapped up in fabric. Remove the frame or matte though and you're left with a delightfully bizarre photo.
ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype occupational portrait of a telegraph operator]. “When Samuel Morse used an electrical telegraph to send the message “What Hath God Wrought” in May, 1844 from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore, Maryland, he transformed communication in the United States. By the end of the Civil War, the telegraph had become the means by which information was transmitted long, as well as short distances.”. via Cowan’s Auctions