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8- 14 -20

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Item #89901 Quarter plate tintype of this early clapboard two story commercial property. A sign hangs from the second story balcony that reads "ROOM & BOARD". You can see the exterior stair case which runs up to the second floor to allow tenants to access the upper level. A man and young boy stand on the balcony as they peer down at the photographer. Large glass picture windows are seen on the first floor in the front. Presumably it served as a dining hall as well if they were regularly boarding visitors. A pile of lumber is seen laying in the front yard for the unfinished fence. Neat looking view. I have no case or anything for this one. $35.00

Item #80440 Wonderful sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a mother posed with her young daughter. The look of joy on this new mothers face is priceless. She sits wearing this striped dress that is patterned with hundreds of stars. Her adorable infant daughter sits in her lap grasping her mothers hand and wearing this cute little off the shoulder dress. I love how they both wear their hair in the same fashion. Really a wonderful image. Crystal clear too. I do not have a case for this one. $50.00 SOLD!

Item #68777 Sixth plate ambrotype of this adorable young girl bundled up for the winter weather. She stands on the studio chair wearing this wonderful hat decorated with bows. The covering over here ears are fashioned into large flowers. It appears to be a white fur with black dots worn around the neck. Not sure what that would be from unless it was a domesticated rabbit. Her striped winter coat is worn with matching cape. Nice little image. I do not have a case for this one. $50.00

Item #53321 Sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a young boy posed with his dog. The bond between a child and his dog has not changed in the 150 plus years since this view was taken. Still a pup, this Newfoundland lays peacefully, leaning against the boy giving the appearance of a very close bond between to two. It is rather amazing that he was able to keep the dog so still during the process. Wonderful view! Housed in a full thermoplastic case. $150.00 SOLD!

Item #34009 Tintype view mounted to a cdv sized card stock. This one came out of an album which housed a number of Illinois troops. Identified as David Rhodes Denison. This is a post war view by just a few years. David would muster with Company A of the 69th Illinois Volunteer Infantry in June, 1862. The regiment was raised for a 3 month term and would spend the entire 3 months serving as guards at Camp Douglas. They would be mustered out of service in October, 1862. This one has a period pencil id on the reverse reading "D. R. Denison" along the top and another along the bottom reading "David R. Denison". A small amount of genealogy paper work accompanies this view. $40.00

Item #47654 Absolutely beautiful quarter plate ruby ambrotype of this middle aged couple. Seated pose with his arm around his wife as she sits dressed in this black silk, patterned dress and large gold brooch. He sits dressed in dress slacks and wearing a silk vest and overcoat. Wonderful condition and exceptionally clear image. No case however. $45.00 

Item #79988 Sixth plate ambrotype of this young boy. He sits on a small stool covered with a table cloth which has been set on the seat of a larger chair. This one has an original torn business card from the photographer S. J. Thompson's Photo Gallery located in Albany, New York. The reverse of the card identifies the boy as "Franklin Horatio Hough" and includes the information that the image was taken on September 25, 1857 costing the sum of $1.00. Very neat! No case for this one. $35.00

Item #77564 Sixth plate ambrotype of this new father photographed with his infant daughter. Nice clarity to this view. Seated pose of the father well dressed in a suit. His young daughter sits resting in his lap. She is slightly blurred as no young child likes to sit still for any amount of time. I can't imagine that she is more than 6 months old. Nice looking image. No case for this one. $25.00

Item #33200 Quarter plate tintype of a husband and wife photographed with their young daughter. The father sits with his infant daughter in his lap. The expression on his face is priceless as he wrestles with this little girl to keep her still. His much younger wife sits bearing an expression very much opposite of that of her husband. With her red hair pinned up and spotted freckles she wears a frown upon her face. She does not appear to share the same joyous mood as her husband. Nice clear image. No case or hardware with this one. $35.00

Item #22410 Half plate ambrotype of 5 very well to do men. Unfortunately they are not identified. All 5 are dressed in very fine suits with one of the men prominently displaying his gold watch chain draped over the shoulder of his fellow friend. I do not have a case for this one. $100.00

Item #37655 Killer half plate tintype dating to around the 1880's. Wonderful outdoor view of this family and their very modest, small farm. It appears to be 3 generations of family members posed for this photograph. A elderly man and woman are seated in chairs in front. The woman sits with hands folded in her lap with eyes closed. I presume the two older women are daughters and the young child a grandchild. A young woman probably in her teens stands way off to the left for some reason. Her hat resting on the ground near her feet. They are photographed in front of their very dilapidated and small home. Certainly not a wealthy family by any means. What you see is what you get with this one. I have no case or mat or anything for it. $125.00

Item #79001 Ninth plate ruby ambrotype identified as Ellen Chapin of Westfield, Massachusetts. Haunting blue eyes as she strikes this pose for the camera. Accompanying the image is this old period note reading "Ellen Chapin - Mrs. Geo. D. Broomell State Normal School. Schoolmate at Westfield, Mass & lifelong friend of Julia R. G. Vernon". I have not researched this one. It comes housed in a full leatherette case. $45.00

Item #48777 Carte view of an attractive young unidentified woman hailing from California. Standing pose as she rests on this ornate Victorian chair. She wears this wonderful dark silk dress ornamented with beaded fringe and lace applique on the shoulders, cuffs and pocket. There is a tax stamp on the reverse of this one which appears to be dated March 2, 1865. Rare back mark by William Shew of San Francisco. Super nice image. $75.00 

Item #48777 Victorian era sixth plate tintype of a man and woman seated in a horse drawn carriage. Parked along the curb, a row of trees can be seen behind them lining the avenue with a hedge row running parallel to the street. A empty second carriage can be seen parked behind them with the horses head poking up behind the rear of the first carriage. Most certainly taken in some large city such as Washington perhaps. I don't have a case for this one. Just the mat, glass and preserver. $50.00

Item #34989 Carte view identified as husband and wife Charley and Maria Bates of Centralia, Illinois. Charley is dressed in this rather dapper checkered suit and overcoat while Maria is looking quite the beautiful young lady in this wonderful pattern dress and gloved hands. The names of their children are also listed on the back. This one had a tax stamp on the reverse that has fallen off. There were 3 men by the name of "Charles Bates" that would serve from the state of Illinois. I would presume based on Charley's age that he most certainly had some service during the war. Back marked out of Centralia, Illinois by Matthews and Russell. $55.00 

Item #78890 Sixth plate tintype family portrait in the horizontal format. A young female child stands at center dressed in a floral pattern dress with a two-piece waist belt. She is flanked on either side by her mother and father. Her resemblance to her mother is uncanny. Her father sits with greying hair and dressed in a black suit and holding a handkerchief in his lap. The mother is dressed in a very plain black silk hoop skirt with white lace fringes. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. $35.00


Item #26521 Group of three beautifully tinted 1860's period carte views. The first is an album filler entitled "Autumn Leaves". This was originally painted by G. G. Fish in 1863. His imprint can be seen in the lower right hand corner with the date 1863. No back mark on this one but just an absolute work of art! The second view is of a young woman posed next to a Victorian chair. Dressed in a black Garibaldi blouse with a yellow pattern. Vibrant purple tinting to the both the curtain and patterned carpet. Lastly is this young boy in this exquisitely tinted view. The artist must have exceptionally skilled. Wonderful tan trousers and even his straw hat is tinted. This views bears a cancelled tax stamp on the reverse dated "Aug 64". The last two views back marked out of Philadelphia. Great trio of images with wonderful eye appeal! $75.00

Item #99001 Pair of two 1860's period gemtype tintypes. Both are still attached to the original CDV size card mounts. Both views depict unidentified young women. The views themselves are about 1" tall. Exceptionally clear images. The green mount is not back marked. the other is back marked out of Rochester, N.Y. Wonderful pair. $25.00

Item #43421 Occupational carte view. Possibly an accountant or book keeper of some sort. He is dressed in this dandy of a suit comprised of these checkered trousers and matching double breasted vest. The suit is complimented with this dark sack coat. Couldn't miss this guy in a room that's for sure! Seated in a wooden chair with legs crossed, he holds a pen in his hand with an open ledger on the table. Period ink signature along the front bottom reading "Your Friend A. F. Mathias". I have not researched the id to ascertain his identity. No back mark. Simply "New York" written in pencil on the reverse. Great looking carte view. $75.00

Item #45122 Carte view of this beautiful unidentified young woman. Wearing this stunning silk day dress with pagoda sleeves and lace trim. She stands posed against the back of a chair with large sausage curls in her hair and deep brown eyes focused on the camera. No back mark on this one but there is a period pencil inscription on the reverse reading "April 10/66". $50.00

Item #89001 Extremely rare 1860's stereo card titled "The Morning Call".  The scene shows two women in a sitting room with the woman to the left breast feeding her young child. Her bodice top is unbuttoned with her breast exposed while cradling the child as the other woman looks on. Extremely rare view given the time period. The reverse has an old paper tag glued to the back the reads "The Morning Call" with the name "Stratton" written in period ink below. Very rare content. $150.00

Item #17768 Pair of husband and wife carte views with rare San Francisco back marks. The pair strike identical poses in the lavish studio of A. P. Johnson located at 649 Clay Street, San Francisco. The husband strikes this very confident pose dressed in a fine suit. Presumably from a wealthy back ground. Some light foxing to these two but seldom seen early San Francisco views. $150.00

Item #21545 Sixth plate tintype of this young boy standing with his hands in his pockets. I love this pose! Posed next to this miniature table with his hair done up in large curls. He reminds me of one of the Little Rascals. Dressed in a pink button up shirt, brown knickers and shoes laced up to the ankles. This one does have some flaking to the emulsion. Housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. $20.00 

Item #34100 Beautiful daguerreotype of this young boy. Seated with arms crossed in his lap he peers off to one side. Dressed in white pants and a undershirt with a dark silk vest and cravat. His hair nicely combed over to one side he appears to be deep in thought. He appears to have some kind of medical issue with one eye. No case for this one but it has been re-taped. Nice, clear view. $50.00

Item #45551 Carte view of an unidentified male subject. Studio pose dressed in a sack coat and vest as he grips his lapel. His cap rests on top of a book resting on the pedestal at his side. This one is back marked out of Youngstown, Ohio. $10.00

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