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Is this a daguerreotype type Civil War photograph?

Started by Tonomachi , Oct 28 2017 04:41 PM

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#1 Tonomachi

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 04:41 PM

I was lucky to find this at the flea market for only 20 dollars.   This is only the second one that I have ever come across at a reasonable price at flea markets.  Gold paint was used to highlight the buttons, collar and uniform edging.  One side of the cover had separated at the hinges and someone tried to glue it back together but may have separated again.  I used clear Gorilla glue which worked great and can now open and close again.  This came out of an unknown estate in Fresno, California.  I don't know that much about these but is it a daguerreotype type photograph and is this a Civil War Union soldier or maybe a post war Indian Wars soldier?



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Posted 28 October 2017 - 05:18 PM

wikipedia says, "introduced worldwide in 1839, daguerreotype was almost completely superseded by 1860 with new, less expensive processes yielding more readily viewable images."


The tintype hit its peak during the Civil War through the 1870's and that may be what this is.




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Posted 28 October 2017 - 05:37 PM

It could be an ambrotype as well , which is an image on glass. Looks like a Civil War image to me.


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Posted 28 October 2017 - 05:45 PM

Nice federal cavalryman with shell jacket. I would guess tintype and very likely Civil War. Dags and and ambro's don't photograph very well. Sometimes you can lift the gold framed image out of the case and find veteran info tucked into the case. . Take care and do not take it apart any further as if it is a ambro or dag, there is a significant risk of damage to the image. Both yielded very fragile images that can be damaged by just breathing on them. Tintypes by comparison are very durable mediums. Neat image in a thermoplastic case. Thank you for sharing. 

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 05:47 PM

Nice image of a federal cavalryman.

If the photo is on tin, it's a tintype.

On glass, it's an ambrotype.

On red tinted glass, it's a ruby ambrotype.

On a mirrored finish, it's a daguerreotype.

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 08:07 PM

Many thanks for everyone's input and information.  I didn't know there was that many different types of photos nor plastic back in the day.  The surface of the photograph feels like glass.

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