This is a most interesting sepia carte de visite of a Civil War-era lady, seated with her elbow on a small table. She is holding a book, probably of photographs. Her gown and ringlet hairstyle are typical of the era. Of particular interest is the American-style chatelaine that can be clearly seen at her waist, with a “button” waist plaque with chains which pass across the body to a watch that would have been hidden behind the belt or in a watch pocket. This style usually had a single loop at the back of the circular disc through which the chain could be threaded or a swivel attached for the chain. The disc would have also had a small tongue that would have secured the waist plaque in position. On the back of the CDV are the photographer’s details - Miller, 69 Washington St., Roxbury. The condition of the CDV is very good for age with minimal staining and slight wear to one corner of the mount – the image of the lady is nice and crisp. This image would be of interest to those collecting images of Civil War-era fashions and is of particular interest as it shows an apparently specific variety of American chatelaine. This style image is described in detail in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years”. This image is one of the examples in the book. Width 2.4 ins (6cm) x height 3.8 ins (9.9cm).
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