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Extremely rare and wonderful, this is an authentic tintype that has been dated to 1865 when the Civil War ended with the surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 9th. It is 149 years old.
Please refer to the digitally enlarged image attached, especially made so that you can more clearly see their faces.
The couple are posing for their portraits and the wife is obviously pregnant. As required for proper ladies of the time, she is tightly corseted. Although we do not know her name, we know that she was tired and sickly that day...obvious by the puffiness and severe darkening under her eyes. One has to wonder if this photograph was taken because of her health and pregnancy risk.
This tintype is unique as it has the embossed paper sleeves that were invented especially for tintype mounts, with an accurate date of March 7, 1865. These type of mounting cards are also collectible and considered an important part of photography's history. This paper is actually embossed with one of two Potter's patent marks, stating this exact date.
The tintype photograph has no identification on it whatsoever. The image is crisp and clear, in antique near mint condition with a few extremely light scratches that are only discernible with very close inspection. There is minor foxing on the embossed paper sleeve. It measures approximately 2-3/8 inches or 10 cm by nearly 4 inches or 10 cm over all and is in near mint condition.
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