Invented by Frederick Scott Archer as a cheaper alternative to the daguerreotype, the ambrotype was popular from the 1850’s to 1890’s. The image is made as a negative on a piece of glass, then placed against a black background to make it look like a positive. Ambrotypes were also popular due to their appearance: unlike the shiny, easy-to-tarnish daguerreotypes, they made for a cleaner looking finish.
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I’ve always been interested in antiques. As a kid, I collected a variety of stuff – fossils, rocks, minerals, natural history stuf… [more]
Swann, which is New York City’s oldest specialty auction house, was founded in the late 1940s as an antiquarian book house. In the… [more]
We both come from families that had collections and we both had collections as children. Jack lost his when his grandmother threw … [more]