Cased Images – All


Quarter-plate tintype of African-American musician probably state militia holding a fife, rank of sergeant.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of African-American nanny with white child.


Sixth-plate ambrotype of an African-American man in a military-style jacket with large, rounded buttons. Attached slip reads “Taken at Chardon, Ohio-Spring of 1864.” Ohio provided a number of volunteers for the US Colored Troops and this young man may be one of them.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of African-American woman. She looks directly into the camera and her arm rests on several books on the table by her side.


Eighth-plate tintype of an African-American soldier with rifle.


Ninth-plate tinted daguerreotype of an African-American woman identified as Mariella Williams, Salisbury, Ct.


Sixth-plate ambrotype of unidentified African-American man.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype by David C. Collins, 100 Chestnut St., Philadelphia of an artist/photo tinter.


Inside of case for photo tinter image above. R. Jennings, Manufacturer of Daguerreotype Miniature and Jewel Cases, Philadelphia.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype by Hesler, Chicago of bearded young man.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of an architect.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype by W. & F. Langenheim, Philadelphia of a handsome, artistic-looking fellow.


Sixth-plate tinted daguerreotype of a girl holding a flower.


Quarter-plate daguerreotype of the occupational wagon of Webster & Bailey, New Britain. Men are examining the firm’s wares at a table behind the wagon.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype showing four children and two men, one of whom gives a salute or a greeting, standing in front of a small building. All subjects hold their hats in their hands. Signs above the building’s two door read “Post Office” and “E. Bailey Jr. / Cheap Cash Store.” The location is Ledyard Centre, Connecticut. Elijah Bailey, Jr. (1817-1900) was born in North Stonington, CT. Following his marriage in 1842, he moved to Ledyard Centre. He was appointed Postmaster of Ledyard in 1849, which suggests this image was taken after that date.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of handsome gentleman with wistful, far-away gaze.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of handsome, focused gentleman. Light facial tinting.


Quarter-plate daguerreotype of gentleman in white outfit wearing a hat of Indian origin. There are images of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore in the same type hat.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype by Edward Anthony, National Miniature Gallery, 247 Broadway, NY. This image has a plaster mat which is a trademark of images by Edward Anthony.


The case for the Edward Anthony image above showing the imprint of the National Miniature Gallery, 247 Broadway, NY.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of gentleman holding a pepper box revolver and a half-plate daguerreotype of a woman.


Inside of the case of the image below. Found at Last! The Best Picture Glass.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of a smiling woman and young boy before a fine backdrop with great depth.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of a gentleman with a folk art painting of a sailing vessel.


Quarter-plate daguerreotype by W. & F. Langenheim, Philadelphia of a pensive woman in three-quarter pose.


Half-plate daguerreotype by Julius Brill, Chatham Square, NY of a family with two children.


Quarter-plate daguerreotype by Jerry Spagnoli of the Thunderbolt roller coaster in Coney Island. The Thunderbolt was a wooden roller coaster located at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. Designed by John Miller, it operated from 1925 until 1982 and remained standing until it was demolished in 2000


Quarter-plate daguerreotype by J.B. Cox, Danville, Pa. taken in a cemetery in Jerseytown, Pa. Along the bottom of the mat is written “Drawn by J.B. Cox May 20, 1854.” Interesting language describing a photographic image. In the back of the case is written “Graves of Father & Sister & little cousin, Levi Bisel, H. Josie Bisel, Robt. Thornton McCay, Jerseytown, Montour Co., Pa.” Levi was born on October 24, 1814 and died on July 17, 1847. Josie was born on July 26, 1844 and died five months later on Jan. 12, 1845. Jerseytown in now in the county adjacent to Montour Co. which is Columbia County. There is only one cemetery in Jerseytown, the Jerseytown Cemetery which is located about a mile east of the village of Jerseytown on the main road to Millville (Route 254), on the south side of the road. On May 23, 1825 one acre from the Daniel Welliver Estate was sold to three trustees: Thomas Funston, Jacob DeMott, and Jeremiah Welliver, for $1.00 for “public burying grounds.” On August 23, 1926, the Jerseytown Cemetery Association was incorporated. It is an active, well maintained cemetery.


Another image of the daguerreotype above along with the handwriting in the back of the case.


Oversized (4.25″ x 3.75″) quarter-plate daguerreotype by John Plumbe, Jr., NY, identified on slip of paper as “Emily Stevens aged 9 years, Addie aged 13 years, Feb. 6, 1845.”


Inside of case of image above.


Half-plate painted ambrotype of a hunter with rifle, pouch, powder, housed in a Union case, Berg 1-12, American Country Life 2.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of a man holding a half-model of a vessel. He may be holding the rolled-up plan in his hand. Half-models were used as the first design stage in ship building. The man is likely a shipwright and the vessel appears to be a clipper ship.


Quarter-plate tinted ambrotype of a merchant with his heavily-laden wagon.


Large framed, tinted European daguerreotype, oval opening 6″ x 4.5″ showing three children before a white-washed stone wall, a staircase to their left. The older child is holding a basket of flowers.


Half-plate daguerreotype by Sterling C. McIntyre, dentist & Daguerreian of a beautiful group of ten children. He operated in Tallahassee, Florida in 1844; Charleston, SC in 1846; NYC in 1850-’51. In 1851 he made a 5-panel panorama of San Francisco. He also made gold mining views.


Half-plate daguerreotype of the Rutgers Female Institute, Class of 1848, located at that time on Madison Street, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Vintage slip of paper attached to case mat reads “Carrie Hubbell’s Graduating Class at Rutgers–Carrie is in upper row–2nd from left hand with fan. Henrietta Piercy with long curls in right hand corner on floor.”


Daguerreian locket with 18 carat gold chain.


Quarter plate stereo-daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman housed in a rare case by John Stull of Philadelphia.  Unlike the more common Mascher case, Stull’s design has lenses integrated into the cover and folding hinges allowing the viewer to adjust the focus.  Both covers of the black, patriotic case with a shield eagle at center and the gilt imprinted text United States of America / Patented by John Stull Feb. 27th 1855 / orders furnished to any part of the United States or in Europe by the Patentee, S.W. corner 6th & Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pa.


John Stull quarter-plate stereo-daguerreotype case in the open position.


Pair of sixth-plate double-matted daguerreotypes in a mother-of-pearl case.


This and the next image are a pair of tinted daguerreotypes by C.H. Williamson of Brooklyn, NY of members of the same family. This image is a half-plate daguerreotype of a father with two children in an affectionate pose. From the ID on the quarter-plate image, below, the sitters are James Augustus Ostrom, Sr. (1813-1879), Eliza Edwards Ostrom (1855-1903), and Benjamin Edward Ostrom (1859-1886). This image arrived in my collection in a destroyed half-plate leather push-button case, the type of case used by Williamson, and was re-cased into its current full leather case. The second image, below, is a tinted quarter-plate daguerreotype by Williamson of a mother and child in an affectionate pose. The child is Eliza Edwards Ostrom, one of the children pictured in this half-plate image. Paper pinned to the case mat identifies the sitters as “Mrs. Mary E. Ostrom & daughter Eliza Edwards Ostrom.” Given the ages of the children in these images, I would guess that the images were made in 1860. All of these people are buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. The quarter-plate is housed in a full leather, push-button case.


This and the image above are a pair of tinted daguerreotypes by C.H. Williamson of Brooklyn, NY of members of the same family. This image is a quarter-plate daguerreotype. Paper pinned to the case mat identifies the sitters as “Mrs. Mary E. Ostrom & daughter Eliza Edwards Ostrom (1855-1903).” The child, Eliza Edwards Ostrom, is one of the children pictured in the half-plate image above.  Given the ages of the children in these images, I would guess that the images were made in 1860. All of these people are buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. This image is housed in a full leather, push-button case.


Half-plate ambrotype by R.M. McIntosh & S.F. Sterlin of the “Montpelier Brass Band.”


Ninth-plate daguerreotype of group of 13 women.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of a whaler with flensing tool.


Sxith-plate ambrotype by L.D. Johnson of two women with open books.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype by Thomas Painter Collins, Springfield, Mass. Collins was in Springfield only in 1853, which dates this image. At the time he was partnered with Otis Cooley but he kept his name on the images he made. The partnership did not work out. Collins made a CDV of Frederick Douglass in 1863. This great image is of a fireman holding a spanner wrench in an interesting pose.


Full-plate ambrotype of couple posed at Niagara Falls.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of a man with his dog. The dog is an English Pointer, a bird dog with a high prey drive and determined spirit. The Pointer will pursue prey like quail and pheasants with vigor. The breed is also heat tolerant and therefore suited to the hot, humid South.

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