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Posted 1 year ago


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This is a quarter plate ruby ambrotype (on ruby glass) of a New York soldier.

He wears the early war NY shell jacket with high dome buttons and shoulder tabs.

Additionally, he is wearing a Chausseur or Zouave type hat. I have not yet IDd the specific regiment, but may be able to in the future.

What makes the image especially collectable (and valuable) is what appears to be the AMES DAHLGREN KNIFE/ BAYONET.

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  1. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    That's quite the hat, nice image.
  2. PaperHoarder, 1 year ago
    Great image!
  3. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Thanks walksoftly-- I appreciate your looking and commenting.

  4. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Thanks paperhoarder-- I have several other postings with unusual Civil War images.

    If that is of interest-- be sure to look at my other postings!

  5. PaperHoarder, 1 year ago
    I will be checking out your other images. Is there any reason why the "US" on the belt buckle in this image is emphasized the way it is?
  6. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Gold tinting is common on buckles and buttons. SOME photographers chose to add lettering instead.

    This is a ruby ambrotype, so the lettering is mirrored (and NOT readable) in actual appearance just as it would be in a tintype or daguerreotype.

    If you notice, this soldier has worn his buckle upside down as well. It puts the "S" on the correct side and makes the "U" appear like an "N".

    Some collectors have erroneously attributed these upside down buckles to Confederate soldiers. Instead it was simply a photographer trying to make the subject and his accouterments appears as correct as possible.


  7. PaperHoarder, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the great info!
  8. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Glad to help and thanks again for looking.

  9. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Thanks for looking and commenting bellin and walks!

  10. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Thanks chris and bratjdd.

  11. musikchoo musikchoo, 1 year ago
    Great Photo !!
  12. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Thanks for looking and commenting musik!

  13. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Thanks cultcha.

  14. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Thanks amanda, vetraio and tony.


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