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 central oval cartouche containing a display of scrolls and plumes, much like a Victorian paisley fabric, surrounded by a similar design. The case closes with one hook. The inside has a gold velvet liner with a scroll design and a nice brass frame. The case is disassembled along one edge of the backbone. The leather is all intact and it could be simply glued back together or professionally repaired. The embossed leather shows moderate wear, with several small pieces missing along the edge and corner.
The daguerrotype is a 1/6 plate size, with the glass print measuring about 2 3/4" x 3 1/4". The case measures about 3 1/8" x 3 5/8". The daguerrotype is of a Victorian Gentlemen dressed in full formal wear of the period, circa early 1850's. The image is very good with some darkening along the brass frame. Still a nice case and photo.
Item ID: RL0002344
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