Four different ruby ambrotype Portraits mounted in a large specially made Gutta Percha Case. The photos of the images we have provided are not as sharp as the actual ambrotype images and there is some camera glare/reflection in our images also. The four portraits are two women and two men. The two ladies have jewelry on that has been highlighted in gold somewhere along the line. The lady in the lower left is holding what appears to be a gutta percha case in her hand. The young man on the top left has a civil war style hat on and a very oversized bow tie. There are scratches across his chest area of the image horizontally. We do not know the names of the people who are presented here. This item came from a New Hampshire estate sale. The gutta percha case is in very good condition with no losses visible. The image on both front and back outside of the case is of a long haired woman kneeling down while hugging and kissing a young child by a carriage and a dog sitting before the both of them. The interior of the case is divided into four seperate compartments for holding four images intact. The outside measurements of the case are approximately 6.25 inches long by 3.75 inches wide by .88 inches thick. A bit of history on the case: Gutta Percha was used for furniture and jewelry during the Victorian era, gutta percha gets its name from a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia. The sap from the trees produced a material that could be molded into the appearance of carved wood and a number of ornate furniture items made by the Gutta Percha Company established in 1847 were exhibited at the Great Exhibition held in London in 1851.
Item ID: A-468
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