Of all the different subjects one finds in early photography, dogs are my favorite. Just think how long the poor thing had to stay still for the photographer to capture his image. This tintype, dating from the mid to late 19th Century (circa 1880's) shows a recumbent black dog. I don't know the breed but he seems to be of a larger size. It looks like he has a patch of white coming down from his neck - or maybe it is a collar?
The dog tintype is encased in a leather case that is a nice dark black color. It has a single latch closure and red velvet inner pad. It also has an intact leather hinge, which is a later replacement. The embossing on both covers are of a very unusual design. I don't recall ever having seen this particular pattern. it is very well executed with a shell motif and inner embossed square, and flame or feather designs on each side. The case, 1/6 plate size, measures 3 3/4" by 3 1/4". Both the tintype and case are in good vintage condition. Note I have taken pictures both with and without flash, as these tintypes are usually difficult to photograph without distortion or reflections, while enclosed in their image packets.
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