Posted 1 year ago
Pair of Ninth plate images housed in an original thermoplastic case. Ambrotypes had a short period of use in the United States. They were popular from about 1854- 1865. In the UK, ambrotypes continued to be made and sold through the 19th century.
These cases were expensive in the era, but they really add to the eye appeal of an image and continue to do so today.
The pair of images are original to the case-- an old man and grandchild would be my guess.
The old man shows an old eye injury with closed lid and sunken around the socket-- safe to assume that he was blind in that eye.
My original ambrotypes/ case and photos-- don't copy/ reproduce in any form without permission.