The woman in the larger tintype is dressed in black possibly a mourning photo, it appears that she may be missing part of a finger. The picture is preserved under a cover glass. It has a brass oval mat with a brass decorative preserver. The case is embossed black paper over wood with a geometric scroll design. Inside pad: red velvet with embossed motif. The case has a lock but the back has detached from the front. Measures: 3 1/4" X 3 5/8" L x 3/4" H
The two smaller tintypes are in ornate brass mats and preservers. The woman pictured has a glass protector over the tintype. A soft rose color has been added to her hands and cheeks. The mat is stamped Booth & Hayden Measures: 2 1/2" L x 2 1/8" W
The gentleman’s tintype has some cracking on the varnish coating. He also has rosy cheeks. The mat is stamped Cooke & Emerson's Patent Applied for / Providence, R.I. Measures: 2 1/2" L x 2 1/8" W
A tintype is a photograph made on a sheet of iron instead of a piece of paper. In 1856 Hamilton Smith patented the process for producing tintypes. Most tintypes were brownish in color and the most common size was about 2 ½ " x 3 ½". Tintypes were popular from1856 until the early 1900's. Just like daguerreotypes, some of the tintypes were cased. Being cased makes it more difficult to distinguish the tintype from a daguerreotype. After processing, most tintypes were varnished to protect the surface from abrasions and atmospheric conditions. Today you will find that many tintypes that were varnished are experiencing a cracking in the varnish coating.
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