The daguerrotype of photography first appeared in 1839, reached their peak from 1842-1858 and were waning by 1862. The process was a photograph on silver-covered copper, so they looked mirrored at certain angles.
The earlier Union Cases, as this case is, were constructed of wood and covered with leather. The motif of this case, on both sides, is a large central elongated cartouche containing a medallion, surrounded by collage of scrolls, plumes, etc. in a paisley fabric design. The case closes with two hooks. The inside has a red velvet liner with a different Victorian paisley design and a very ornate brass frame. The case has split down the spine into two parts and there is some leather missing on one corner. The front and back could be professionally reattached and the corner repaired. The embossed leather design is in like new condition.
The daguerrotype is a 1/4 plate size, with the glass print measuring about 3 1/4" x 4 1/4". The case measures about 3 5/8" x 4 5/8". The daguerrotype is of a Victorian Family, husband, wife and two daughters dressed in their Sunday best for this portrait, circa early 1850's. The image is very sharp and clear. Wonderful case and photo.
Item ID: RL0002343
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