Posted 10 months ago
This is a small locket size tintype (cut to size CW era) of a Confederate soldier.
His collar clearly has a single bar insignia of a 2nd Lieutenant. Part of the gilt tint has worn away and the bar (or stripe) can be clearly seen below the tinting.
Caution should be exercised when acquiring Confederate images. Several times, I have observed modern tinting on a civilian image to create a Confederate Soldier! Additionally, the often heard adage of gray uniforms or non standard uniforms is often misused to attach a Confederate attribution.
The incentive is great. A standard Sixth plate (tintype) bust shot of a Union soldier is readily available at less than $100. The same shot of a Confederate will start at about $500!
Reproduction of these images in any form is not authorized.