Sixth Plate Daguerreotype of lady in mourning. Woman in shiny black dress with white lace collar, pin at neck pocket watch and two rings on her right hand. She is posed with table spots of pink tint to tablecloth. The image is crisp and clear. The leather case is in fair to good condition. The front has separated from the back and could be repaired with archival tape. The leather case has the image of a bird in foliage. Both case hinges are present. Inside is burgundy embossed velvet with floral design. The brass matt is the early nonpareil geometric design. She does have a brass preserver, which were introduced in 1843. So she probably dates to the middle 1840’s
Daguerreotypes are the earliest photographic images and date from 1840-1855. They are images made on polished silver so are very reflective like a mirror. Since they are on silver, they are subject to tarnish and often have areas of tarnish around the edge of the picture.
Size: 3 1/8 x 3 5/8 inches
Condition: Excellent clear image. Leather case not attached but could be repaired with archival tape. Please see photos. Case is in fair to good condition.
References: Photographic cases by Adele Kenny and 19th century Photographic Cases by Paul K Berg
Daguerreotype of Lady in Mourning