Men-Cased Images


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of a whaler with flensing tool.


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.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of cigar-smoking, straw-hatted buddies.


Quarter-plate ambrotype of large group of men and boys, all in hats. Several have large drums, looks like a couple have rifles or shotguns.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype by Miller, stamped on mat at bottom center. Image shows a smiling hunter with shotgun and other accoutrements. There were many daguerreians by the name of Miller, so it is not possible to know which one took this image.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of a workman with large straw hat, a whisk brush in his hand, a hammer on the table by his side.


Quarter-plate daguerreotype of a pair of western-looking gents. The man on the left sports an earring.


Quarter-plate daguerreotype of a large building with 4 columns. “S.W. Leigh” on building. There is a photo frame hanging on the second from left column. High up on the side of the building there is a man standing in the ‘doorway to nowhere.’ There is a horse and buggy with people at lower left. There are 4 men and 2 boys standing on the porch. At least one of the men appears to be African-American. In the background, in the doorway there is a woman’s face. Given the frame with photographs hanging outside, it is reasonable to assume that there is a studio within.


Enlargements of sections of 50149 showing the man in the doorway high up on the side of the building and the people on the porch with the photo display.


Sixth-plate tinted daguerreotype of a militiaman.


Sixth-plate occupational daguerreotype. The cart reads “D & P Hildreth Beverly.” The 1850 Beverly, Massachusetts census contains the families of Daniel and Paul Hildreth living in the same dwelling. Both were soap chandlers, along with Daniel’s sons George and Daniel. Originally the occupation of chandler made candles and then extended to those who fashioned items used in church offerings, then to those who made soap and to ship’s chandlers who made and sold candles as well as other items to be used on ships.


Sixth-plate very early daguerreotype portrait of gentleman, circa 1840-’41.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of a blacksmith. He holds a hammer in one hand and tongs holding a horseshoe in the other.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of a couple, each holding books. The woman may be a person of color.


Sixth-plate tinted daguerreotype with “Silvester” etched in the plate at lower right center. No doubt an actor or mime.

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