This ambrotype depicts a lady, possibly of the Civil War era, seated on an ornately carved chair. She wears a magnificent full-skirted gown with layered and fringed pagoda sleeves. There is a chain attached to her collar as well as a long strand of apparent jet beads around her neck. From her throat hangs a short chain with a small circular object, most likely a locket but possibly be a watch, c1860. This is a nice crisp image with some crazing and minimal spotting. The mat has slight spotting. The ambrotype is missing its front cover and the back cover shows some wear. This is a delightfully crisp image of the dress and fashions of the day.
Quarter plate : 3.25 x 4 ins. (8 x 11 cm). Half case. Case measures 4.6 ins (11.7cm) x 3.6 ins (9.2cm) x 0.4 ins (1.1cm). Weight 134 grams.
This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 127.
Insured Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $23.00 USD - with no tracking is cheaper. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
Stylish Ambrotype of Seated Lady Wearing Pagoda-Sleeved Dress and Jewellery, c1860
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