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Mexican War era Uniform - Daguerreotype

Started by Austin_Militaria , Sep 11 2010 08:06 PM

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#1 Austin_Militaria

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 08:06 PM

Can anyone ID this uniform as being US?

The Daguerreotype case is written on the inside 2.50 B. Johnson.

At first I thought he was Mexican but the B. Johnson name is throwing me off and the Mexican army primarily wore shako's.

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 03:41 PM

Can anyone ID this uniform as being US?

The Daguerreotype case is written on the inside 2.50 B. Johnson.

At first I thought he was Mexican but the B. Johnson name is throwing me off and the Mexican army primarily wore shako's.

Are you sure that is a dag? Does the image look shiney like a mirror in the light? Is the back tin or glass? Tin would be tintype and glass could be Daguerotype or ambrotype . If it is a dag it would be pre or early Civil War. His jacket looks like a Civil War jacket but his kepi doesn't. I don' think the image is Mexican War.

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 04:42 PM

I have known Mexicans with last names of Johnson, Wiesner, Clague, Iguchi, etc.

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 05:49 PM

This looks like a pre-CW militia or possible Confederate image....in my educated opinion.

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 06:07 PM

Its definately an Ambrotype or Tintype. That places it in the late 1850's through the Civil War. My guess is Militia or Confederate too. Confederate images are commonly ambrotypes.

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 07:37 PM

Sorry, I got the Dag confused a bit with the Ambrotype. Yes this is an Ambrotype. A few others that have seen it felt that this is a Confederate soldier as well. Thanks!

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 04:46 PM

This most definitely looks like a Confederate soldier serving in the WESTERN theater of operations (west of the Ohio). The uniform is very typical of what was produced in this theater early in the war - and my guess is that the band going around the base of his cap is a branch color.

 

These early war images from the west are actually very scarce, and just adds to the desirability of the image.

 

Of note: The uniform is nothing like what was worn during the Mexican War, nor anything that was worn by Mexican troops at any time during this period.




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