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Victorian Tintype Photo In Fabulous Gutta Percha Frame
Circa 1860's, this antique, tintype photo, of a stern, well dressed young man is in excellent condition, as is the Gutta Percha frame. Gutta Percha is a natural latex that is derived from the sap of certain tropical trees. It was one of the first plastics. The detail on this one is amazing. Both sides have floral borders, but the center images are different. The two brass hinges, and snap closure work perfectly. Inside, the velvet edged, gold tone tin frame is perfect, with no green verdigris, or oxidation. The opposite side is deep green velvet, with a design in the center. It shows no wear at all. The only flaw is a small crack, near one of the hinges. I didn't notice it until I was examining the piece with a magnifying glass. It doesn't go all the way through, and in no way impacts the beauty, or stability. You can see in the third photo. Often, the name of the photographer, or the maker of the frame, is under the picture. This is so perfect that I don't want to disturb it to look. It measures 2&1/2 by 3 inches when closed. Note that the photos are enlarged to show detail!
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