A finely detailed thermoplastic union case from the mid to late 1800s holds this portrait of a distinguished gentleman. A large cravat adorns the stand-up collar underneath vest and jacket of this older gentleman with thinning hair and mutton chops. The photograph is framed by an ornate brass oval with a copper colored thin frame equally ornate. This fits snugly into the union case with a liner of cloth. Brass hinges join this side to a plush burgundy velvet elegantly cut with a fancy cartouche. Each side of the case is heavily detailed with florals and framework. The case is in very good condition except for a weak spot near the closure. There are no breaks or scratches, just a weak spot. The maker of the case and type of photographic process are best left to more knowledgeable persons.
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