This is rather an unusual tintype. It shows a young lad of perhaps eleven or twelve dressed in a chef or waiter's apron and hat. I know they went to work at an early age in the 19th Century, so probably for real. The piece dates to approximately 1880.
He is wearing short pants, boots, and a shirt with rolled up sleeves. He is leaning against a table with a long white table cloth.
The image is housed in a sixth plate leather case, deep brown in color with a single working latch. Both front and back covers have a central design showing two birds.
The inner red velvet cover has an embossed studio advertisement. It reads O.G. SCHOONMAKER MARKET BANKS BUILDING 282 RIVER ST. TROY N.Y. I was told this was a well known studio.
Both image and case are in good antique condition. The case has a repaired spine. Closed, the case measures 3 3/4" by 3 1/4".
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