The daguerrotype of photography first appeared in 1839, reached their peak from 1842-1858 and were waning by 1862. The process was a photograph on silver-covered copper, so they looked mirrored at certain angles.
The earlier Union Cases, as this case is, were constructed of wood and covered with leather. The motif of this case, on both sides, is a large central cartouche containing a garden urn with floral display, surrounded by foliage and delicate blossoms. The case closes with one hook. The inside has a red velvet liner with a floral design and a very nice brass frame. The case in in wonderful condition with no breaks and some minor wear, the most evident around the closing hook.
The daguerrotype is a 1/6 plate size, with the glass print measuring about 2 3/4" x 3 1/4". The case measures about 3 1/8" x 3 5/8". The daguerrotype is of a Victorian Lady dressed in a long dress of the period, circa early 1850's. The image is very good with some darkening near the brass frame. Wonderful case and photo.
Antique Union Case w/Daguerrotype of Victorian Lady