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Item #89215 Super sharp looking little ninth plate tintype of yank infantryman. Rigidly posed in his infantry frock coat. His musket is held at his side with the bayonet glistening in the light. A US waist belt is worn with his cap box on his hip. Double armed with a revolver and Sheffield knife tucked into the belt. Nice military themed back drop with rows of tents, palm trees and the American flag. If memory serves me correctly this is a Beaufort, South Carolina back drop. This one also has a period hand painted portrait of an orchid placed in the other half of the case. Unfortunately there is no id or information pertaining to the significance of the small painting. Very nice piece. $695.00
Item #89432 Outstanding pair of sixth plate images. The first is this sixth plate tintype of a well armed Federal cavalryman. Seated pose of this cavalryman dressed in his service jacket and re-enforced cavalry trousers. This guy has enough iron in his lap to break his poor horses back! Armed with two massive Colt Army's. One tucked into his belt and the other he brandishes for the camera while he cradles his heavy cavalry saber. Just a fantastic look to this image. It is accompanied by a stunning sixth plate ambrotype of his wife and young daughter. Just superb tinting to this view of the pair seated side by side with hands embraced. Really a magnificent view in it's own right! Unfortunately none of the subjects are identified. Just a superb pairing of images. These come housed in a mint double sided patriotic case as well. $1500.00

Item #38777  Wonderful sixth plate ambrotype of what is most likely a newly enlisted rebel soldier. This one surfaced in Texas some time ago. A defiant rebel ready to brawl. He is double armed with what looks to be a Plant's Army revolver and a doubled up fist. This guy is looking for a fight! Dressed in this wonderful civilian trousers and polka-dot shirt. He also sports an eagle waist belt and this fantastic black felt slouch cap. Great looking image. I don't know that I have ever had an image in that so clearly shows an individuals sentiment towards the current climate the nation was undergoing at that time. Outstanding image housed in a full thermoplastic case. $2950.00 

Item #77987 Sixth plate tintype identified as Major William Raymond Driver of Massachusetts. William would initially muster as a private in the 8th Massachusetts Infantry in mid May, 1861. Raised as a "Minute Men" regiment they would serve just 3 months following Lincolns initial call for troops. Driver would be mustered out that August. In December he would enlist once again. This time as a 1st sergeant with Company H of the 19th Massachusetts Infantry. An adept leader he would quickly rise through the ranks. In August, 1862 William would be promoted to 2nd lieutenant but not before a wounding he would receive during the Battle of Fair Oaks. Three months later he would be promoted to 1st lieutenant. He would remain in that position up until April, 1864 when he was discharged for a promotion to captain and assistant adjutant general. William would be promoted by brevet to both major and lieutenant colonel before wars end. He would continue to serve until his discharge in September, 1865. William is shown here dressed in his double breasted majors frock and sporting a pair of extra rich shoulder boards with the rank of major shown. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. $650.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #28191 Drop dead beautiful sixth plate ruby ambrotype. One of the most beautiful ambro's I have ever seen. The coloring on this image is just spectacular. Seated pose of this yank infantryman dressed in his greatcoat and cape. Superb blue tinting to the coat and his trousers. A red scarf is worn around the neck with the coat worn over the top of it. His cap rests on a table beside him with this stunning green and pink floral pattern table cloth. Even his hands have been tinted to make them more life like. Just an absolute work of art! Housed in a full leatherette case with a repaired spine. $850.00

Item #89745 Outstanding sixth plate ambrotype of this reb cavalryman. He is dressed in this very unique jacket which I am unfamiliar with. A row of large coin buttons run down the face of the jacket. The jacket is trimmed on the front in the mid-section with a diagonal line of black cloth tape on either side. This appears to be two very large pouch pockets edged in black trim. There is also a large tear in the jacket on the right breast which has been mended. He wears an infantryman's US waist belt with the keeper cut off. As a cavalryman, an infantryman's waist belt does not accommodate a sword hanger so this very crudely southern manufactured leather sword strap is worn over the shoulder and then attached to the scabbard. His heavy cavalry saber is drawn and rests on the shoulder while he sports this wonderful black felt slouch cap. Some solarization but this image has a great look to it. Just a tough as nails reb cavalryman. Housed in a half leatherette case. $2500.00

Item #61217 Sixth plate ambrotype by famed Richmond photographer Charles Rees. Done in the relievo style for which he is most noted for. Absolutely Rees's studio with the typical chair, tablecloth and book on the table as seen in many Rees views. Dressed in a grey uniform sporting black epaulettes and a collar trimmed in black cloth tape. This rebel is not identified but this is the uniform worn by the Richmond Grey's. They would see action in a number of battles fighting with the Army of Northern Virginia. More than half of them men from this regiment that went into the fight at Gettysburg didn't return. A unique feature of this soldier is that he has one blue eye and one brown eye. Both have been exquisitely tinted which highlights the skill for which Rees was known. This one is not signed by Rees unfortunately but still a wonderful example of his work. This one does come housed in a full thermoplastic case. $2000.00

Item #32991 Wonderful sixth plate ambrotype of this rebel soldier dressed in a very simple uniform. He sports this very natty home spun jacket of very thin material. Nice, clear image enough so that you can clearly see the cotton fuzzballs from the material used. The vest worn underneath is of the very same material as are the trousers. Large brass coin buttons run down the face of the jacket. Definitely a very shoddy uniform. I would suspect he probably hailed from North Carolina. A collared shirt is worn underneath with a very simple necktie which appears to have been improvised from a cut piece of material. He rests his arm on the table beside him in order to support this deadly .22 cal pocket revolver which he displays for the camera. Sharp looking image with not a blemish on it. Housed in a half leatherette case. $3000.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #51216 Neat quarter plate tintype of what is probably a Western Theater yank. He sure looks like one tuff hombre'. Wonderful tinting to this one. Looking every bit the part of a western yank dressed in this mixed attire. Wearing blue trousers and a red polka-dot shirt with a large slash pocket. Wonderful beehive slouch hat with this huge brim on it which looks like it worked great for catching rain water. He stands on the bare ground which has been tinted green and gripping a pistol which is tucked into his belt. Military themed back drop behind him with rows of Sibly tents and soldiers milling about. Neat looking image. This one does come housed in a full thermoplastic case as well. $500.00

Item #47832 Neat sixth plate tintype of a Federal musician armed with his violin. More than likely a member of a regimental band rather than a company band. Dressed in his musicians frock with the typical herring bone design. His violin is cradled in his lap while he holds the bow in the other hand. No doubt a treasured item for this soldier. Don't see the violin players very often. Really neat image housed in a full leatherette case. $650.00

Item #22109 Pretty killer sixth plate ambrotype of this rebel infantryman. More than likely hailing from the state of Tennessee. Dressed in this very tight fitting, dark grey service jacket and matching grey trousers. The collar is trimmed in black as are the cloth shoulder tabs. The cuffs are trimmed with these unique black bands which swoop up towards the forearm. Sporting this wonderful black felt slouch cap as well. Armed with his musket which he displays for the camera across his mid section with the hammer cocked and finger on the trigger. Real sharp looking image. $3000.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #89992 Wonderful sixth plate tintype of this unknown yank officer photographed reading the newspaper. Very unique and artful pose. Dressed in a striped button-up over shirt and wearing his military vest. His dark hair is slicked back as he stares at the news of the day. If you blow the newspaper up you can actually see the lines of print and read parts of a couple of the advertisements. Very unique image. Housed in a full leatherette case. $350.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #99421 Outstanding sixth plate tintype of this yank cavalry corporal mounted on this beautiful black horse. Seated in the saddle with his feet resting in the stirrups. Very nice subtle tinting to the trousers and blue tinting to the cap as well. He brandishes his heavy cavalry saber which rests against his shoulder. A pistol can also be seen holstered on the hip next to the empty sword scabbard. His rubber gum blanket is rolled up on the rear of the saddle and his blanket full of all the necessities of living in the field can be seen rolled up in front of the saddle. A wrought iron fence can be seen in the back ground as well as a low stone wall. It almost appears to possibly be a cemetery in the back ground as a youngster can be seen kneeling down in the back ground wearing a forage cap. This view has wonderful clarity to it. It does have a couple very and light creases in it but certainly a stellar mounted image! Housed in a half leatherette case. $1200.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #89871 Neat sixth plate tintype of a Federal sergeant photographed with his young child sitting in his lap. The numerals on his cap look to be "44". Dressed in his frock with large infantry chevrons on his sleeve. His cartridge box is worn over one shoulder and a canteen over the other. His daughter of probably not more than a year old sits in his lap wearing a small polka dot dress and her riding cap. In her hand is held a small riding crop. A little on the dark side but a pretty neat image. It comes housed in a full patriotic leatherette case with a split spine. $500.00 

Item #80655 Sixth plate tintype of two accompanying carte views all taken in the same studio. These are believed to all be members of the same family. One of the carte views is identified on the reverse as "W. B. Brown". I do have a couple copies of paperwork from the family album which documented the births, deaths and marriages within the family dating back to 1827. I can't make heads or tails of who is who however. All three subjects are dressed in infantry frocks with their arm resting on a side table draped in this beautifully tinted blanket. Nice little grouping and research project for somebody. Neither of the carte views bare any back mark. The tin comes housed in a half leatherette case. All three for $295.00 

Item #33600 Sweet little ninth plate oval tintype of this dashing yank cavalryman. Nice up close view of this horse soldier dressed in his cavalry jacket. He sports this fantastic black felt slouch cap with a wonderful and large ostrich plume worn directly in the front of the cap. Wonderful example of what one would imagine when picturing a dashing cavalryman. This one comes housed in a full thermoplastic case but it does have a small piece missing out of the case right where the latch is. Wonderful image! $350.00

Item #89911 Sixth plate tintype of a fully loaded mid-western yank. The second image is of the same soldier which I sold several years ago. Unfortunately I do not recall who purchased it. This yank infantryman is loaded down for a lengthy march. He probably hails from the state of Michigan. Dressed in this state issue uniform, he bears a heavy load. His knapsack is strapped to his back and a full tarred canvas haversack hangs from a linen strap thrown over the shoulder. A M1858 smooth side canteen hangs off the opposite shoulder with his tin cup attached. His cartridge box is worn on the belt rather than off the shoulder with his empty bayonet scabbard hanging in front. Hopefully we can get these two images reunited once more. Housed in a full leatherette case. $750.00

Item # 69877 Really sharp looking sixth plate tintype of this early Massachusetts artilleryman. Dressed in his artillery service jacket with brass shoulder scales. A brand new sword belt rig is worn with his sword at his side. The pommel can be predominantly seen jutting up from his hip. This one comes housed in a leatherette case with the velvet pad embossed by photographer William Snell of Salem, Massachusetts. The spine is however detached. Nice view. $395.00

Item #89896 Beautiful sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a Federal cavalryman. Standing pose of this trooper dressed in his cavalry great coat and cape. The cavalry great coat differed from the infantry version in that the cavalry coats were double breasted. His sword belt rig is worn over the coat as he brandishes his heavy cavalry saber for the camera. Beautiful light blue tinting to the coat on this one. Nice, mint view. Housed in a full thermoplastic case. $750.00

Item #33622 Pretty sweet sixth plate ambrotype of three unidentified members of the 12th New York State Militia. Wonderful casual pose of these three military men. All three men are dressed in the grey uniform trimmed in black worn by the 12th New York. All three also have the numeral "12" pinned to the front of their caps as well. The central figure sits slouched down in his chair with both of his fellow mates resting their arms on his shoulder. A cigar is clenched in the teeth of each man and each is armed with a revolver which is tucked into the waist band of the trousers. Great looking image. Housed in a full leatherette case. $1000.00

Item #68755 Quarter plate clear glass ambrotype of this early war infantryman. Seated pose of an unidentified NCO. Dressed in a four button sack coat and nice prominent sergeants chevrons. Wearing a US waist belt and plate. His Hardee cap rests on the table beside him with brass infantry insignia pinned to the front. Housed in a full thermoplastic case. Nice view. $325.00

Item #11698 Sixth plate tintype of a yank artilleryman taken in Missouri. He is photographed here in front of one of the Benton Barracks back drops. Standing pose on the grass armed with a musket. Most likely a photographers prop since we have an artilleryman here. Dressed in his artillery service jacket trimmed in red and blue tinted military trousers. He does have some sort a badge pinned to his breast. It looks to possibly be a 4th Corps badge. Wonderful military themed back drop featuring cannon, mortor's, tent and numerous other military themed scenes. Housed in a half leatherette case. Super nice looking image. $395.00

Item #45312 Sixth plate tintype of a Federal infantryman eager to head of to war. Dressed in his infantry frock with US waist belt and cartridge box worn over the shoulder. His head is topped with this wonderful M1858 Hardee hat with the side pinned up. Infantry bugle is pinned to the front with an ostrich plume on the side. Armed with his Lorenz musket which he has propped upwards resting on his thigh and a small revolver. Looks to be maybe a Brettell & Frisbie pocket revolver. Pretty rare revolver. Great looking image. Housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. $895.00

Item #27888 Sixth plate tintype of a unidentified member of the 1st or 2nd Rhode Island Infantry. This fellow however was most likely from the 2nd Rhode Island which recently became famous after the Ken Burns documentary and Elisha Hunt Rhodes. This Rhode Islander would serve with Company D which is pinned to the front of his cap. He is dressed in the classic Rhode Island blouse issued to members of the 1st and 2nd Rhode Island along with the dark blue chasseur kepi. A small shield badge is pinned to the front of his blouse and a ribbon hangs from his pocket with a pocket watch key seen swinging at the end. His pocket watch resting in his pocket out of site. A US waist belt is worn with a holster pistol worn on the belt. It looks to be a .32 cal. Merwin & Bay single shot derringer. Nice looking image from a hard to find state and historic regiment. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. $465.00

Item #17877 Sixth plate tintype of this unidentified Federal corporal on infantry. Dressed in his infantry frock with corporals insignia worn on the sleeve. The insignia tinted a lovely shade of light blue. His cap is worn with the visor flipped up. A US waist belt is worn with his cap box and a socket bayonet seen. He is armed with a very rare Massachusetts Arms Maynard belt revolver. Only about a 1000 of these were made with 200 of those sold to abolitionist John Brown. Great looking image. This one is housed in a full leatherette case. $750.00

Item #78990 Beautiful sixth plate ruby ambrotype of this unidentified young rebel. Crystal clear image. Dressed in this home spun grey frock and matching grey trousers. Nice, clear image which allows you to visibly see all of the seams on the coat and how it was constructed. The buttons appear to be simple brass coin buttons. A grey cap is worn with a lower band of either red or possibly black. He does have the regimental number pinned to the front of the cap but it has been heavily gilded over rending it's identity impossible. Beautiful image with not a scratch on it! Housed in a half leatherette case. $750.00 SALE PENDING!

Item # 38543 Beautiful quarter plate ruby ambrotype of this newly minted yank infantryman. Stunningly clear image. Studio pose dressed in his infantry frock with US accouterments. You can still see the wrinkles in his trousers from being stored prior to being issued. His musket is held at his side with these two large tassels hanging from a massive silk curtain. Wonderful image of your typical yankee infantryman. Housed in a full leatherette case. $850.00

Item #55755 Beautiful quarter plate ruby ambrotype of this early New Hampshire volunteer. Dressed in a four button sack coat. Incredibly clear image so much so that you can visibly see the very rough texture of the jacket and trousers. His cap is worn with "N H V" pinned to the top along with the infantry horn. Unfortunately the regiment is not visible. A silver pocket watch is pinned to the jacket. A most unusual way to wear it. He is also armed with a small revolver. Looks to be a 32 caliber, Brooklyn Arms pocket revolver. Super sharp image! Housed in a full leatherette case. $500.00

Item #67654 Sixth plate tintype. This was previously posted as an unidentified rebel but it has since been brought to my attention that he is in fact identified. Formerly part of the esteemed Herb Peck collection. Identified as Private Richard Whitt of the 12th Alabama Cavalry and confirmed by the direct ancestors of Whitt. The image is published in the book titled "Ancestors and Descendants of William Whitt, (1750 - 1850) Portrait of an American Family" which was published in 2004 and written by the Whitt family. The image is also found on Find A Grave on the page listing for Richard as well as his headstone which is located at the Kyuka Baptist Cemetery in Etowah County, Alabama. Richard would come from a military back ground. His grandfather would serve in the 15th Virginia Regiment during the Revolutionary War and would be among the number of men who perished at Valley Forge. Richard's brother, James would serve in the 49th Alabama Infantry and would succumb to measles just prior to the Battle of Shiloh. He is shown here dressed in a dark jacket and sporting a large D-Guard which rests on his shoulder. Richard would enlist in Company F on September 9, 1862 at Gadsden, Alabama and supply his own mount. While records of Richards service are sparse, family history states that he was wounded during the Atlanta Campaign and perished at home. His records do support that. Official CSA Army Records show him as wounded during the Atlanta Campaign. He is shown being sent to a hospital in Marietta, Georgia on June 20, 1864. Not long after he was paid in full and no further record of Richard can be found which would support the story of his death and reason why he was buried in Kyuka. Housed in a full leatherette case.*REDUCED* $1995.00

Item #77012 Nice early war quarter plate ambrotype of an unidentified mid-western yank. Standing pose with both hands gripping his musket. Bayonet attached and pointing skyward. Dressed in a grey service jacket with cloth shoulder tabs. A US waist belt is worn with his cap box and he has opted to wear his cartridge box on the belt as well rather than over the shoulder. His empty bayonet scabbard can be seen on his opposite hip. Some solarization to this one which in common place for these early soft emulsion ambro's. Nice looking image regardless. This one comes housed in a half leatherette case. $330.00

Item #22199 Very nice ninth plate daguerreotype by famed New York artist Rufus Anson. Seldom seen war date daguerreotype of this officer with the rank of 1st lieutenant. As an officer he would have been in high demand in just a few short years when war came. He wears a pair of spectacles in this view. Unfortunately he is not identified. Housed in this full velvet oval case with Anson's mark on the pad. $950.00

Item #89801 Gorgeous sixth plate tintype of an unidentified Western Theater yank. Wonderful pose of this soldier. Dressed in a four button sack coat. The clarity on this view is superb. So much so that you can clearly see the texture of the coat with the naked eye. A US waist belt is worn and he has taken the liberty to tuck his thumb into the belt in order to support his arm for this splendid pose. A pepperbox pistol is tucked into his belt along with this fantastic Bowie knife with a blade that must be at least 10". He grips the barrel of a rusty musket with one hand while resting it upon his shoulder. A equally lack luster bayonet is attached at the end. This wonderful black felt slouch cap is worn with one side pinned up and he sports this very unusual beard with just a small patch facial hair on either side of the jaw line. This one is a really sharp looking image. It does come housed in a full patriotic leatherette case but the spine is split. Super image! $1350.00 

Item #44732 Super nice quarter plate tintype of a mounted Federal cavalryman. This horseman sits rigid in the saddle on this old black mule. Dressed in cavalry trousers and his cavalry service jacket. The soldier is posed in the street in front of two buildings. A couple of hitching posts are visible with one being an old cast iron horse head hitching post just to the rear of the horse. I'm not sure what is housed in the stable behind him. It almost looks like a Roman chariot. The horse remained nice and still for this view with no blurring on his part. Nice and bright as well view as well. This one comes housed in a half leatherette case. $950.00

Item #29575 Fantastic early sixth plate ambrotype of this Federal officer from a cavalry unit. He is dressed in a frock rather than your typical cavalry service jacket. A M1851 sword belt rig is worn as well as brass shoulder scales. Posed with his sword which he grips with one hand and drawn from the scabbard. The center piece of this image is the absolutely fantastic M1858 Hardee hat which he has pinned up on the right side for mounted troops. Brass cavalry insignia pinned tot he front as well as an ostrich plume pinned to the side. Just a superb example of this piece of head gear. This one does come in a full leatherette case with the brilliant blue velvet pad. $850.00 

Item #49494 Double cased pair of husband and wife ninth plate images. Superb ninth plate ruby ambrotype of this young lady in a blue dress which has been wonderfully tinted. Crystal clear image with beautiful blue eyes. The second view is a ninth plate tintype of this cavalry sergeant. Heavily tinted cavalry chevrons on the sleeve and sporting a small multi-colored neck tie. These comes housed in a very nice double sided patriotic thermoplastic case. $395.00

Item #89223 Wonderful ninth plate Neff's Patent melainotype of this Confederate artilleryman. Dressed in a grey Richmond Depot Type II service jacket with typical cloth shoulder tabs. Matching grey trousers with a 2" trouser seam running down the pant leg. His grey cap rests in his lap with a single braid of red trim which encircles the crown of the cap. Small brass artillery insignia is pinned to the top along with his regimental number. It looks to either be the numeral "1" or the numeral "11". A modern tag behind the image identifies the man as a member of the "Rockbridge Artillery" which he may be but that would merely be speculation. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. Beautiful little reb image. $1450.00

Item #98654 Wonderful grouping that came out of Greensboro, North Carolina. Ninth plate ambrotype identified as Denny G. Schoolfield who would serve in Company B. of the 45th North Carolina Infantry. Company B would be raised in Greensboro during February and March of 1862 and mustered into service on April 9th at Camp Mangum near Raleigh. Their first fight would come at Malvern Hill before returning to North Carolina. The following spring they would move north and participate in the Gettysburg and Cold Harbor Campaign's. They would continue to serve up until Appomattox, however Denny would transfer into the 7th North Carolina Senior Reserves. Presumably sometime in February, 1864 when the regiment was raised. The regiment was made up of boys between the ages of 17 and 18 and men between the ages of 45 and 50. His service records are limited but it appears he was present with the regiment on April 26th, 1865 when General Joseph Johnston surrendered his forces at Durham Station, North Carolina. Records indicate he was paroled on May 10, 1865 after take the Oath of Allegiance. Schoolfield is shown here dressed in this elaborate triple breasted frock which I would presume dates to his service with the 7th Senior Reserves. The frock bears 3 rows of extremely rare North Carolina state seal buttons. You can clearly see the standing female figure on the face of the button. These buttons run about $700 a piece now a days and he has a full coat of them! The cuffs of the frock are rolled up exposing this wonderful jacket lining. He wears these outdated gold bullion fringed epaulettes and is armed with equally outdated weaponry. These senior reserves would have been outfitted with whatever could be found as the North Carolina regulars would have been given the newer weapons. He wears two pistols housed in holsters on his belt which appear to be flintlocks. He is also armed with this 1850's eagle head militia sword. He completes his uniform with this fantastic wide brimmed slouch cap to shade himself from the Carolina sun and a pair of striped civilian trousers. The image is accompanied by one of his original pleated over shirts. Considering it's age the condition is quite exceptional. The pleated front constructed from silk with the remainder made of a very course cotton. A good amount of staining to the shirt but virtually no mothing or separation. Really a unique grouping! $3800.00

Item #58765 Quarter plate tintype of a heavily laden yank infantryman. Dressed in a dark blue state issue jacket with cloth shoulder tabs and kersey blue trousers. This fellow must have yet to experience one of those wonderful long marches about mid July because if he had there would be a lot less steel around that mid section. His cartridge box is worn over the shoulder minus the breast plate. A US waist belt is worn with his cap box and above that is worn a second belt with an adjustable hook. A wood handled Bowie knife with silver inlay rests inside it's sheath while a revolver is tucked into his belt as well. He is also armed with a bayoneted musket which is held at his side. His uniform is complete with knee high cavalry boots and a cap with the company letter "A" pinned to the front. This slender foot soldier has undoubtedly doubled his weight with the amount of war implements worn on the body. It does however make for a great looking image! This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. $1100.00

Item #83666 Eighth plate tintype of an newly recruited musician from an unknown infantry unit. He sits dressed entirely in civilian clothes. The only piece of military attire he has been issued is the kepi with an infantry horn pinned to the top which sits on the table beside him. His cornet rests on the floor at his feet leaving no question as to what role he played. This one comes as you see it. I have no case for it, cover glass or preserver. Just the mat with the image. $225.00

Item #68342 Double cased sixth plate ambrotypes of a sergeant major and his wife. This NCO stands dressed in a rather unique frock. It appears to have 5 very large domed buttons running down the front, with cloth shoulder tabs and a slash pocket located on the breast. Nice, large sergeant majors chevrons are worn on the sleeve. A holstered revolver is worn front and center while his sword rests on his hip. His wife sits dressed in this wonderful and immense silk hoop skirt. I can't imagine how cumbersome and stifling a gown of that size must have been. She is draped in gold jewelry and her hair I can only assume took hours to be braided in such an unbelievable manner. How she managed to keep all of those small and perfect loops in her hair is beyond me! Unfortunately the pair is not identified. Wonderful pair of images with a rank you don't see to often. Housed in a quite nice double sided thermoplastic case. $650.00 

Item #18912 Sixth plate ambrotype of a Federal cavalry soldier armed with a rare French Lefaucheux pinfire revolver. Seated pose dressed in his cavalry jacket. US waist belt worn with the holster for the revolver shown on his hip. He holds the revolver across his chest with the hammer cocked and his finger on the trigger. Cap is worn with the visor flipped up and I'm not sure if that's an ostrich plume or a bucktail he has pinned on the back side of the cap. Great view of this revolver though. If you have one of these revolvers in your collection this image would marry up nicely with it. It does come housed in a nice thermoplastic case with the green velvet. $900.00

Item #33421 Wonderful little ninth plate tintype. I love the look of this image and the expression on his face. Dressed in this grey homespun wool-jean cloth jacket. Nice clarity to the image so that you can visibly see the weave of the jean cloth material. He was this fantastic row of "Goodyear Patent" hard-rubber buttons which run down the front of the jacket and really stand out. He wears this rather mischievous grin on his face while sporting this absolutely fantastic dark grey slouch cap. Just a great looking image. This one does have a tax stamp on the reverse but it is not dated. He may in fact be a recently paroled Confederate prisoner of war. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. This one does come with a 4 x 6 copy of General Orders No. 109 issued June 6, 1865 regarding the discharge of Confederate Prisoners of War. Great looking image! $350.00

Item #90871 Sixth plate tintype of a double armed infantryman from the state of Michigan. Seated pose dressed in state jacket issued to Michigan troops featuring nine buttons down the from and cloth shoulder tabs. Beautiful tinting to the jacket which is colored this wonderful shade of bluish-green and the trousers tinted a lighter blue. A US waist belt is worn with a coffin handled bowie knife and a revolver tucked into the waist. Even this grips on the pistol have been tinted brown. Very nice, clear view. Housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. $650.00

Item #23155 Killer ninth plate ruby ambrotype of this well armed rebel. Dressed in a dark military frock with another heavy wool coat worn underneath. A belt is worn around the outside of the frock with double roller buckles. He is armed with this fantastic D-Guard bowie knife with decorative guard. I don't think you could get a finer point on that thing if you tried. That's one dangerous looking knife. Armed with a single shot percussion pistol as well which is most likely a photographers prop. This one does unfortunately have a fine crack in it running diagonally from corner to corner. Still an impressive image. Housed in a full leatherette case. $1850.00

Item #42545 Early sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a unidentified member of the 23rd Pennsylvania Infantry known as Birney's Zouaves. Dressed in the dark blue jacket, vest and trousers worn by the unit which was trimmed in red. Not long after being issued these uniforms the men found them to be rather unpractical and slowly moved towards switching them out for standard Federal issue uniforms. The regiment would fight in some of the fiercest engagements of the war. They would fight at Seven Pines, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and Cold Harbor and several others. At Cold Harbor the men would take a beating losing 75men killed and almost another 120 wounded. This one comes with a patriotic mat and housed in a full thermoplastic case. $600.00

Item #23443 Set of two tintype images of what appear to be mother, father and son based on the facial features of this young man and the two shown above. The first image is a quarter plate tintype of an aging husband and wife. He stands dressed in a nine button light gray military vest and grey civilian trousers. A single breasted dark wool coat is also worn with a small amount of cuff trim visible. His wife sits dressed in a black dress with white lace collar and a small brooch or cockade pinned to the front. What's really neat is it appears she must have been attending to some household sewing as she has at least 4 sewing needles stuck in the front pleats of her dress which you can clearly see. The second view is a ninth plate tintype showing a steely eyed soldier dressed in a double breasted Confederate jean-cloth frock coat with an external breast pocket. The face of the buttons are not visible but are of the rimmed, convex military type. A civilian vest is worn with a checkered pattern along with a dark button up shirt and paper collar. A thick multi colored cord hangs from his neck which most likely leads to a pocket watch. Unfortunately the subjects are not identified but they came out of Martinsville, Virginia. Neither of these have cases either. Just the brass mats, preservers and cover glass. $450.00

Item #28909 Quarter plate melainotype of three early war Confederate enlistee's. It would appear to be 3 brothers enlisting for the cause or perhaps one last photo before sending a brother off to war. The trio are shown in this view with hands embraced. It has been suggested that the man standing at center is the same man shown in the second image which is now housed in the LOC. The man seated at left is dressed in grey trousers which sport a black stripe down the trouser seam. He also wears a dark, double breasted coat with two rows of buttons featuring a flower pattern. Certainly not unusual for Confederate troops as I have seen flower buttons used on many occasions. The other two men are dressed in their Sunday best. Apparently this studio must have been quite small as there wasn't even enough room to move the extra chair out of the view of the camera lens. Beautifully clear image. This one comes housed in a half leatherette case. $850.00

Item #68744 Wonderful ninth plate tintype of this steely eyed old character. This one came out of Bertrand, Missouri. This old fellow has seen some miles which one can see on his weathered face and aging grey beard. Piercing blue eyes coldly stare into the camera. It would probably be a good bet this fellow took part in the Kansas/Missouri border wars and may have been in fact a guerrilla or Missouri State Guard. Most likely taken during the winter months, he sits dressed in multiple layers with the outer laying being this heavy frock with Goodyear type buttons. Under the overcoat is worn a grey wool-jean military type jacket with a stand-up collar. Clear enough that you can see the cassimere weave of the military jacket worn. Typical wear to the coat which you would expect to see where an accouterment sling would have been worn. He also sports this wonderful 1860's black slouch hat with a small tassel drooped over the brim. This old fellow does not look like somebody who's bad side you would like to be on. Housed in a  half leatherette case. $275.00 

Item #25432 Double cased sixth plate tintypes. Both photos are of the same soldier taken during the same sitting. They are not identical images. You can see that he has his hand slid up slightly farther on the stock and closer to the barrel band in the second image. Looks to be a mid-western yank dressed in a state issue uniform. Illinois I would suspect. Outfitted with full accouterments and holding his musket across his chest. Housed in a double sided thermoplastic case. $550.00

Item #54987 Sharp looking sixth plate ambrotype of an early state volunteer. Not sure where this fellow is from. New Hampshire perhaps by the looks of the jacket. Dressed in a dark blue, 8 button service jacket with cloth shoulders tabs and belt loops. He wears corporal stripes on the sleeve but you can clearly see they used to be sergeant stripes and the top chevron on each sleeve has been removed. Perhaps busted down in rank. The buttons along the front of the jacket are Federal eagle buttons. A nice and clear M1851 eagle waist belt is worn along with his sash. You can just see the scabbard for the sword that he holds jutting up from his hip. A very beat up cap is worn with infantry insignia and his company letter "F" pinned to the front. Sharp looking image. This one comes housed in a full patriotic thermoplastic case. $600.00

Item #89342 This is a really interesting quarter plate tintype of two men who appear to be brothers. The two are seated side by side in wooden chairs. One dressed in his lieutenants uniform and the other dressed in a very fine suit. Now what's interesting is the man dressed in the suit holds an open hand in his lap with a massive gold nugget resting in his palm! He looks to have hit the mother load and traded in his miner dud's for a fine silk suit. Held onto that miner hat though. The back drop which is mostly obscured by the two men is a courtyard scene. I do have another view with this same back drop which has been attributed to Ohio of all places. Wonderful and usual view. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. $500.00

Item #44687 Wonderful sixth plate ambrotype identified as Ransom D. Mattoon of the 1st New Jersey Light Artillery. Mattoon would muster with Battery B. of Clark's Battery, 1st New Jersey Light Artillery in September, 1861. He would re-enlist in January, 1864 and be reduced to the rank of private not long after at his own request. Ransom would serve nearly the entire war before mustering out in Trenton, New Jersey in mid June, 1865. He is shown here dressed in a blue Chasseur pattern jacket which were issued to several of New Jersey's elite military units. This one is twice identified in period ink. Once inside the case and again on a small slip of paper cut from an old envelope. The 1st New Jersey Light Artillery would serve with the Army of the Potomac throughout their entire enlistment and in doing so would see no shortage of action. Battery B would in fact be engaged in no less that 18 of the wars greatest battles. From Yorktown to Sailor's Creek and every where in between. At Gettysburg they would fire some 1200 rounds at the Peach Orchard and loss 5 men killed and 21 wounded along with the loss of 47 horses killed during the fight. Mattoon is recorded as "present" for all of it. This one does come with his service records as well as a copy of the book "Clark's Battery B History of the 1st N.J. Arty" in which a photograph of Mattoon is published. Rock solid id and superb history! This one comes housed in a half leatherette case. $850.00  

Item #79856 Ninth plate ambrotype of a Federal cavalryman. Nice up close view of this horse soldier dressed in his cavalry shell jacket. He wears a patriotic silk sash over the shoulder which has been tinted in wonderful shades of red, white and blue. The former owner had the sash that he is wearing in this view as well but it was in such a deteriorated state that they threw it away!! At least the image has survived. This one comes in a full thermoplastic case with patriotic matting. $395.00

Item #89265 Extremely rare ninth plate ambrotype of indentured servant David Plowden. David was not a slave but worked as a "bound boy". Contractually bound to voluntary servitude in exchange for housing, education, training, ect. He would have been bound to fulfill the conditions of the contract until it's expiration which is where the term "bound boy" originated. An old note behind the image reads, "This is "Dave Plowden" the colored boy who was a "Bound Boy" in the household when father (A.W. MacCoy) was young. The 1860 Census lists Abram S. MacCoy as residing in Springfield Township, Clark County, Ohio along with his wife and 4 children. One of which was 13 year old Alex W. MacCoy. The census also lists two other residents living in the MacCoy household. A female servant by the name of Lydia and one Mr. David Plowden working as an 18 year old farm hand. Twenty years later the 1880 Census lists Plowden as a laborer boarding at a private residence still living in Springfield. While MacCoy listed the place of birth of all members living in his household as being born in Pennsylvania in 1860, Plowden lists his place of birth and that of his father in 1880 as Kentucky. There is a very good possibility that Plowden's father was in fact a slave as Kentucky was a slave state prior to the Civil War. This view dates to around 1860 or just prior. David appears to be doing quite well for himself in this view dressed in a very well-made wool sack coat, plaid vest, dress shirt and silk bow tie. This one does come with copies of both the 1860 and 1880 census. Housed in a full leatherette case with a separated spine. Extremely rare view! $1500.00         


Item #78700 Grouping attributed to Henry Clay Jones of the 2nd Vermont Infantry, Co. D. Henry would serve with the regiment beginning in June, 1861 and serve until his discharge in June of 1864. He would be wounded once while engaged at the Wilderness. The grouping consists of a post war photograph of Henry dressed in his GAR uniform accompanied by two very nice GAR badges. The family CDV album in pristine condition holding 30 views including one of Henry in civilian dress. Many of them identified. His original appointment to 3rd sergeant dated August, 1862 and signed by the regiment's major who would later be killed at the Wilderness. Also included in his certificate from the state of Vermont acknowledging his service. His original acceptence letter from the Bureau of Pensions granting his pension still in the original envelope. Henry's personal portfolio of Military and Civil War History which records his service in detail. A family history book which records the family history from 1750 through 1898 and an envelope full of misc documents relating to Henry's estate. Very nice grouping of a Vermont veteran. $450.00 

Item #12912 Quarter plate tintype of two late war yanks that came out of New Market, Maryland many years ago. Very casual pose of these two men. One of the men stands with his frock unbuttoned and resting his hand on the other's shoulder. The other is seated sporting camp shoes and service stripes located on the coat sleeves. Mint view which this scan does not do justice. Housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. $500.00

Item #57612 Beautiful sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a Federal cavalryman. Standing pose with his sword displayed at his front with the scabbard hanging at his side. A very casual pose and dress. He also wears an Hardee hat with an ostrich plume pinned to the side and cavalry insignia on the front. Company letter "K" is at the top and the numeral "2" at the bottom. Beautiful image. Minor mat rubs but otherwise a real beauty. Housed in a full leatherette case. $550.00

Item #87121 Rare ninth plate ambrotype of an unidentified member of the 1st or 2nd New Hampshire. These guys are pretty much misidentified in every single publication I am aware of as being Confederate. He is dressed in the New Hampshire grey greatcoat and cape. The uniform underneath would have also been grey and trimmed in red. The only part of that uniform that is visible here is the grey cap which has a lower band of red that ran around the base of the cap. Company letter "F" is pinned to the front. He stands armed with his musket and brandishing an Allen & Wheelock 32 cal. pocket revolver from under the flap of his cape. Images from this unit are actually very hard to find. These guys fought from the First Battle of Bull Run all the way to Richmond. At Gettysburg they were nearly annihilated. Very hard to find image. Housed in a half case. $850.00

Item #89881 Sixth plate tintype of two cavalryman dressed in stable frocks. Very rare example of this coat. These were constructed out of white canvas to be worn while grooming horses. The canvas allowed for the horse hair to be much more easily removed as compared to the wool uniforms. Some units such as the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry actually wore the coats as fatigue uniforms while in camp. During the spring of 1864 members of the 2nd Maine were issued an order that "enlisted men on stable duty will wear their stable frocks". Both men look as though their forearms are bandaged. Those are probably false sleeves being worn for protection but why they are wearing them I have no idea unless it is to keep the white sleeves of the coat from becoming soiled. One of the men has his pant legs pulled up over the top of his boots. The other has done the same with one pant leg falling down. I would presume this was done to keep the bottom of the trousers out of the horse s**t and mud as the boots of both men are filthy dirty. This is shown in the publication "US Army in the West" published in 1995. Rare view of these two men who were probably returning from stable duty. Housed in a full leatherette case. $800.00




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