Posted 7 years ago
Here is an example of early glassware for collodion photographic chemistry. (About two years earlier I posted a ribbed Phenix collodion bottle.) In the early days of photography, photographers had to prepare their own negative emulsion chemistry. Before dry plates, a compound called collodion was used and it was pretty nasty stuff. (Cotton soaked in a nitric and sulfuric solution and then washed.)
Eventually, companies such as Anthony sold prepared chemistry. You carefully coated a glass plate before taking the picture. Actually, the picture had to be taken and developed while the collodion goo was still wet. That’s what is meant by ‘wet plate’ photography or cameras.
Original collodion photographic bottles are very rare, and shown here is a near mint condition bottle with "E. Anthony New York" moulded into the glass. The bottle came with its original paper label but given how fragile it is, a high quality copy replacement was made. I keep the original Anthony label safely stored.