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    Posted 9 months ago

    scottvez
    (934 items)

    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.

    scott

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    1. Vynil33rpm Vynil33rpm, 9 months ago
      Wow in thermal plastic case
      For all eternity ,to see
      Into The eternal Sea and The what is
    2. scottvez scottvez, 9 months ago
      "thermoplastic"-- patented in 1854. Also often called "Union Case". It is a combination of shellac and wood fibers that were heated (thermo), dyed and then pressed into molds.

      After the Civil War, these fell out of favor due to the cost.

      scott
    3. Vynil33rpm Vynil33rpm, 9 months ago
      Excellent info, Sir
    4. scottvez scottvez, 9 months ago
      Thank you-- appreciate you looking and commenting.

      scott
    5. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 9 months ago
      Beautiful case.....looks like new!
    6. scottvez scottvez, 9 months ago
      Thanks much watch-- appreciate it!

      The rounded corner cases seem to stand the test of time better than the square corner cases. This does have some minor edge flea bites, but overall not bad!

      scott
    7. scottvez scottvez, 9 months ago
      Thanks fort and scott.

      scott
    8. scottvez scottvez, 9 months ago
      Thanks much kiva.

      scott
    9. scottvez scottvez, 9 months ago
      Thanks much buss.

      scott
    10. scottvez scottvez, 9 months ago
      Thanks much coke and tom.

      scott

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