This is a lovely early sixth plate daguerreotype showing a stunning young lady in typical dress of the era. There is slight hand-colouring of her cheeks and her jewellery is picked out in gold. She is seated holding a partly opened fan. Her jewellery includes earrings, a long guard chain with slide which ends in a watch that is just visible in a watch pocket of her skirt. The image itself is very crisp with just minimal spotting and virtually no tarnish. The actual decorative full case does have wear consistent with age – its hinge and clasp are fully intact. The velvet lining and the mat are in very good condition. This would be a lovely addition to a collection of early images of fashion and fashion accessories, in particular the use of a long guard chain for a watch. Sixth plate. Full case measures 3.75 (9.5cm) x 3.25 ins. (8.2cm). This item can be seen in the book, "How the Watch was Worn - A Fashion for 500 Years", on page 97.
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