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    Posted 5 years ago

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    When I purchase this CDV it was called a mystery CDV. I believe he is US Navy, but not 100% sure. I can't seem to ID what type of device is on his shoulder boards At the bottom of the photo in pencil looks to be Last of old Train, the back is blank. The photo measures approximately 2 1/2 x 3 3/4. Any help would be helpful..

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    1. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 5 years ago
      I love to collect all the different men's hats on CDV's...this grabbed my appreciation right away. Very nice photo!
    2. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      I'd say US Navy is the logical choice. I cannot see what is in the shoulder board either-- maybe an elimination of obvious "NOs" will narrow it down.

      The large cuff band and double breasted coat are indicative of Navy.

      Could be into the 1870s.

    3. frank1956 frank1956, 5 years ago
      Scott thanks for the help. Question on the date? You said could be into the 1870's? I am fairly new to collection and dating CDV's. I have purchased the Kwik Guide for CDV and Cabinet Cards on dating them. According to them if the card border have two line of the same width it should date between 1863-1864 which this one does. How accurate is this dating method?
    4. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      I am not familiar with the kwik guide and wouldn't consider the two lines something that could be narrowly bracketed within those two years.

      I have collected/ bought/ sold/ traded in antique images for over 25 years. I view and handle hundreds of thousands of images every year (majority are Civil War era). I suspect that I can find examples of DATED cards with the two lines that are out of the window.

      I would suspect that the kwik guide would at least put you in the ballpark.

    5. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      There are characteristics of carte de visite images that allow you to bracket:
      1. Pre- Civil War
      2. War era- early 1870s
      3. Revenue Tax stamp era

      Some of the characteristics used: thickness of card, corners (straight/ round), backmarks....

    6. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Here is an example of a double line cdv that is photographer dated to APR 1866:


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