This is a rare family estate Civil-war era ambrotype and ambrotype locket on a woven hair vest chain. The ambrotype depicts a married couple, linked arm in arm. She wears a dark colored gown and he a long top coat. A woven hair watch chain/vest chain with swivel and T-bar has a fob with a two-sided locket featuring portraits of the same couple. These miniature images appear to be ambrotypes taken from the larger image and have been colored. It is quite special to find items such as these that have been kept together. The ambrotype is housed in a full thermoplastic case with lush purple velvet interior. The watch chain is expertly woven and has gilt metal fittings. The ambrotype is a sixth plate: width 2.75 ins x height 3.25 ins. The watch chain is 13 ins long and the locket 1 ins in diameter. The ambrotype is a nice crisp image though there is a stain over the gentleman's face (this may be possible to be cleaned). The mat is in good condition and the thermoplastic case is in excellent condition. The woven hair chain is in overall excellent condition with just a few hairs out of place. The locket and hair chain can be seen in the book, "How the Watch was Worn - A Fashion for 500 Years", on page 143.
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