This is a most appealing ambrotype depicting a curly-haired young child, most likely a little boy, standing beside a fringed velvet-covered table. He is wearing a dark outfit with white collar and cuff and medium length boots. At his waist is a complex collection of chains which include an apparent small hunting horn. The image is covered with glass and a gilt mat, and held within a sturdy decorative gilt wooden frame. On the reverse one can see the back of the plate with the copper edging rolled around it. There are two original nails holding it in position on each side; if required these could be gently hammered in further to secure the image. At the top are two further nails holding a wire for hanging. The condition of the image is very good for age; there is some light spotting presumably on the back of the glass. The mat has a couple of areas of tarnish but is in otherwise good condition and some of the gilding of the wooden frame is rubbed with a couple of small deficiencies. These however, add to the “antiqueness” of the whole piece. This is a most desirable image to add to a collection of ambrotypes, or other early photographs of children of a previous era. Frame measures width 5.5 ins (14cm) x height 6.75 ins (17.1cm). Weight 220 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 157. Insured Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $32.00 USD - with no tracking is cheaper. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
Delicious Framed Ambrotype of Child with Complex Chains & Hunting Horn Fob, c1850
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