This is an amazing piece of history. The woman pictured in the daguerreotype has a firm but pleasant face. The picture has a gold, oval matt around it surrounded by a frame with beautiful detailing. The picture itself can be taken out of the case to reveal the maker of the case.
The Union case is made of gutta percha and is marked "Littlefield, Parsons & Co.". The label states "I., 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".
The case is in beautiful condition. It has a warm patina from handling. The hinges are tight and the purple velvet's delicate embossed design is unmarked. There are some darker spots on the gold matte around the photo. The photo is clear and bright.
The case measures 2 1/2" x 3" x 3/4" deep.
A sweet piece of Victorian history.
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