This rare C. 1900 celluloid and velvet photo album is beautiful and in very good condition. Please note there aren’t any photo’s in this photo album.
The front cover is a glossy burgundy celluloid with raised embossed floral detail. The highlight is the very detailed Native American Indian who is on horseback, carrying a rifle; the background is a winter scene. The side clasp is intact and is done in bright gold. Along the bottom celluloid edge on the inside cover, there is writing, which I can't make out; I believe it reads in part: Mar. 22, ’98 meaning 1898. The inside clasp reads: "Pat. Appl. For"; unfortunately, I couldn't capture this information in a photo.
The back and spine is velvet, done in a stylized multi-green design; the velvet has worn off on the spine, close to the spine & shows wear along all edges. This is consistent with an album well over 100 years old. There are no tears or rips in the worn areas.
There are 12 pages and no photos. Eight slots are meant for tin types, the remaining slots for cabinet cards.
The dimensions are: 10 1/2" long, 8 1/2" wide & 2” deep.
The overall condition is very good, with wear to the velvet along the spine and partly on the back. There are minor tears to some photo slots; maybe five. There are two teensy pieces of celluloid missing on one of the front flowers which surround the Native American Indian (see pic). There are no major scratches or scuffs, just normal light scratches. All in all, I would consider this Victorian celluloid photo album to be in excellent condition.
This would make a wonderful addition to your Native American Indian collection or celluloid photo album collection. It’s a beautiful piece.
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