Victorian embossed leather English cabinet photo album made in 1881 but sold in Kansas. Album contains 18 photo pages with 72 photos, the majority being sepia toned albumin print cabinet cards. The exceptions are 2 pictures of coffins and 2 mourning cards. The mourning cards are for George A. Smith died April 5, 1895 and Mrs. Serena E. Smith Died May 21, 1900.
Of special interest are a bride and groom both dressed in black with flowers. Since black was to be worn for mourning anywhere from six months to two years, brides were often still in morning on their wedding day for a parent or sibling. There is also an interesting picture of a group of people that appear to have Russian fur hats on. In addition to the two coffin pictures, there is a photo of funeral flowers. The album contains pictures of men with their bowler hats, soft bow ties, cravat pins and high collars. Many women wear corsets, Victorian earrings, broaches, and sport decorative buttons. Definitely a history lesson in fashion. Overall the photos are in excellent crisp condition with fading to some. Two photos have cracks. No photos have been removed for examination.
The album is made of dark brown leather decorated with embossed branches and flowers on the cover. There are scratches to the leather on the back cover with wear to corners. The pages are gilded and there is an English registry mark and English patent dates on the brass closure which reads Lon (London), then an English registry mark, and then the dates pat Dec 6 1881 and finally pat Jun 27 1875. The inside front endpapers are green with gold gilt floral design. The next blank grey colored page has its original store label which states ‘From L. Cohen’s Great Western Dry Goods and Clothing House, Seneca Kansas’. There are a couple of paper tears around the photo inserts.
This album is very heavy and weights almost seven pounds by itself.
Date: Circa 1880 to 1900
Marks: London with registry mark on brass latch with English registry mark and then the dates Dec 6 1881 and pat Jun 27 1875. Also original store sticker from where it was sold ‘ L. Cohen’s Great Western Dry Goods and Clothing House, Seneca Kansas’ on 2nd blank grey page of album
Size: 11.75 by 9 inches with a depth of 2.5 inches and a weight of almost 7 pounds
Condition: Wear to all four corners of album. Scratches to back of album. Minimal loss to gilt edges. Two photos with cracks. Two small tears where photos were inserted. Photos overall in excellent condition with fading to some. No photos have been removed from album for examination. Please see all my photos of the album for condition.
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