Thermoplastic Union Case, The Union and Constitution

1/6th Plate daguerreotype shows a gentleman of the 1850s enclosed in this military thermoplastic Union Case manufactured by Littlefield, Parsons and Company, successors to A.P. Critchlow & Co. Inside another one of my cases, it says, "L.P. & Co. are the sole Proprietors and only legal Manufacturers of Union Cases with the Embracing Riveted Hinge, Patented October 14, 1856, and April 21, 1857". Indeed, the hinges on this particular Union Case look exactly like the one with the paper in it. I have not removed the daguerreotype from this one, so I don't know whether its paper is still in it. This case has a image of an eagle sitting on an American shield and drapery, while the banner above it says, "The Union and Constitution" and a scroll and foliage decoration around the edge. This very detailed design is on both the front and back of the 3-1/4" x 3-3/4" x 3/4" case, equally nice on both sides. Opposite the daguerreotype inside the case is dark burgundy cut velvet with an elaborate design in the center. I am not an expert on these cases, but since we are a military family, I bought this some years ago because the motif on the case appealed to me. It appears that the inside front of the frame has some chips where the hinges are attached, and have been neatly repaired. The case closes well but does not catch. The daguerreotype was hard to photograph with its mirror finish, and has an oxidized halo around the edge of the nonpareil brass mat. When you tilt it in the light, though, the image is good. I have tried to show all the flaws in magnification for you, so please look carefully at the photos. This 150 year old daguerreotype case would be a nice gift for Father's Day if old photography is his interest. Thank you for visiting.

Item ID: RL-2327

$195 USD

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Toni Vargo, Coshocton, OH   

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