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Posted 2 years ago

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fitter475
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Not sure what type of picture this is . It may be a relative . This was part of my grandmothers estate . She also had lots of tin photos . Any info would be appreciated ! Thanks
Bill

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    It is either an ambrotype or tintype. If the image is on a piece of glass (not just a piece of cover glass) then it is an ambrotype.

    The tinting and tone of the image suggest that it MAY be from the UK and not the US.

    scott
  2. fitter475 fitter475, 2 years ago
    I believe it is on a piece of glass. My ancestors are English so that would make sense . Thanks again Scott
  3. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    English ambrotypes were made up until the turn of the century. In the US, post Civil War ambrotypes are rarely encountered.

    The thermoplastic case on this one is desirable and collectible in its own right.

    scott
  4. fitter475 fitter475, 2 years ago
    I have been told the case is what's best about it. Someone told me it may be ivory? What material do you believe it to be?
  5. fitter475 fitter475, 2 years ago
    Ooops - I guess thermoplastic!
  6. fitter475 fitter475, 2 years ago
    Last question - any idea of the value of this? Not selling - just curious if there is any
  7. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    It is no doubt thermoplastic. It is made from gum shellac, wood fiber and dye that is heated and mixed together-- then poured into molds for the desired shapes.

    These are often called gutta purcha but this material is NOT gutta purcha.

    scott
  8. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Values of cases are determined by size and design.

    The most common designs are geometric like yours.

    scott
  9. fitter475 fitter475, 2 years ago
    Thank you for the great info

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