Posted 7 years ago
These MAMMOTH plate images from the Civil War era or earlier are very rare to find.
The glass plate measures about 11 1/2" X 9 1/2" (whole plate is about 8 1/2" X 6 1/2") and these fragile glass plates were expensive to make in the era and few survived.
The image is housed in a photographers frame and has names on the back that lead to a NH soldier. I am still doing research to confirm the ID.
For those not familiar with the ambrotype, they are a negative photo on glass, that when backed with black turn into a positive image. My third photo shows the glass plate with a white back.
Ambrotypes were contemporary to tintypes but fell out of favor by the end of the Civil War in the US (UK ambrotypes continued on to the end of the century).