Posted 2 years ago
This is an early carte de visite (CDV) / phot0-tradecard dating around the early 1860s; probably more around 1862 when full portraits started being made. The camera is more than likely an 1850s to early 1860s Roberts Boston-box style daguerrian / wet-plate camera; the largest I've ever seen. If this camera and stand were found in reasonable condition, it would have a collector's value of about $20,000.
E.J. Hunt, the photographer depicted on the tradecard, specialized in ambrotypes; a process replacing daguerreotypes that became mainstream in the 1850s. Since the ambrotype created a glass plate negative, for the first time photographers could cost effectively make copies of images.