This is an exceptionally rare half plate sized Victorian era (c.1850s) union case for the earliest photographic images. The case holds a print of a silly photo at this time, but anyone who collects daguerreotypes, ambrotypes or slightly later tintypes will recognize what a rare find it truly is, and an exceptionally fine example of the English papier mache goods at the height of their era in decorative goods. Inlaid with mother of pearl, this one has survived in fine form for these old cases. Normally they are separated at the spine, have lost all or most of the mother of pearl inlays, and still retain good value as rare cases. Normally when we find them they're in 1/9th to 1/6th plate size, and rarely 1/4 plate size, but I have never seen a half plate case outside a museum, so this is a thrill to own and pass along. Found in Denver, actually, I only wish it still held its original photographic image. Measurements are noted on the photos, but we have supplied a world class daguerreotype collector for many years and are experts in the old photographic images by now, though we don't list any of them publicly, and this is so rare. Don't miss it.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, the case is complete, not split at seam/spine which is very unusual, and it has both clasps, the interior mat and glass. You'll only need to install your best half plate photographic image, hopefully a daguerreotype, and display front and center in your museum quality collection. No warp, no loss of mother of pearl inlays. Slight foxing on one corner. Exceptionally rare, fine condition.
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