This rare and unusual photo case, dates from the mid 19th Century. It is a sixth plate size, measuring 3 3/4" by 3 1/2". It is made of paper mache with leather trim. The case is named "The Monument" and this exact case can be found in Paul Berg's book on photography. number 6-222. Note, Paul Berg's reference book is considered the definitive guide on 19th century photograph cases. This case, together with several others, was purchased at auction from his personal collection. This exact case is listed as number 6-222 in his reference book, is identified at very rare (see last listing photograph) as is referenced as having an approximate value of $300.00 as of about 10 years ago.
The monument is inlaid with mother of pearl and set against a black paper mache background. There is a partial latch and the case opens to reveal a red velvet interior cover and an ambrotype picture on glass. of a mature woman with a white lace cap.
The binding has a very fancy gold painted design and the word MEMENTO done in gold letters.
The case is in fair antique condition, with the locking part of the clasp missing as well as the cover being at least partially separated and reattached at some prior point, It is still a rare example of early photographic case history and hard to find. I have priced it accordingly.
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